- 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.
- Environmental justice issues were raised by Black communities during public hearings but were not addressed by the plan.
- 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.
Protected Areas: F
The plan fails to protect over 101,000 acres of most important conservation and recreation hotspots. More than 62% of the most popular forest in the country is in highest priority logging designations.