Thursday, September 26, 2013

Project to Help Restore Courthouse Creek Area of Pisgah National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina yesterday unveiled the final decision for the Courthouse Creek project in the Pisgah National Forest.

“The Forest Service designed the Courthouse Creek project to fulfill management objectives in the current Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest management plan,” said Derek Ibarguen, Pisgah District ranger. “During the 4-5-year project, the agency will implement a variety of management activities to improve ecological diversity, as well as promote forest health and sustainability.

The Forest Service’s management practices will help:

* Restore brook trout habitat by replacing culverts that restrict movement of aquatic life;

* Improve habitat for wildlife, including game species such as turkeys and non-game species, as well as a forest concern species, the golden winged warbler;

* Maintain a variety of hardwood tree species;

* Remove non-native invasive species;

* Protect water quality by addressing sedimentation and maintenance issues such as replacing bridges and culverts;

* Plant hybrid American Chestnut trees as a first step toward restoring them to Southern Appalachian forests; and

* Designate an additional 127 acres of old growth forest areas.

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