Public Lands, Equity, & Environmental Justice: F

  • The forest planning process failed to adequately include the input of youth, who will be affected most by this 30-year plan.
  • The Forest Service is currently planning a commercial timber harvest in the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Corridor and on the site of a historic Cherokee village.
  • The forest planning process fails to consider impacts of timber harvests and degraded air and water quality on the most vulnerable communities.
  • The forest plan excludes Black people and communities from environmental justice considerations.
  • The forest plan excludes Hispanic people and communities from environmental justice considerations.
  • The forest plan ignores 96% of public comments, which called for more protected areas and stronger protections for the shared natural resources of the publicly owned national forest.
  • The forest plan does not measure climate, air, and water impacts of quadrupling timber harvests on the national forest surrounding environmental justice communities.
  • The forest plan disregards more than 800 objections filed by a diversity of organizations and individuals. Instead, the Forest Service is pursuing an aggressive, harmful logging agenda without public support or social license.

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Protected Areas: F

The plan fails to protect over 101,000 acres of most important conservation and recreation hotspots. More than half of the most popular forest in the country is in highest priority logging designations.

Craggy National Scenic Area: D

The Forest Scenic Area designation for part of Craggy provides key support for the proposed Craggy National Scenic Area, and the final plan included an additional 700 acres. However, the plan places