First Francis Marion National Forest Plan Revision Community Conversation to be held Thursday, October 25th!

As the Francis Marion National Forest gets ready to begin the public input process for its Forest Plan Revision (see earlier blog post), staff are excited about the first of its “Community Conversations” that will take place this Thursday (October 25th) in Moncks Corner at Macedonia Middle School. The meeting will start at 6:00pm and will provide attendees with an overview of the National Forest and the Plan Revision Process. There will be opportunities for the public to discuss issues/areas of the forest such as special lands and water, recreational opportunities, partnership opportunities and what they see as challenges and other opportunities that the forest faces.

“While we already have strong relationships in the community, which we hope to make even stronger, we want to invite private landowners, other federal and state agencies, members of the business and tourism industries, municipalities and local governments, recreationists – anyone who wants to help plan the forest’s future – to come to one of our meetings and have a conversation with us and others who share the same interest,” said Orlando Sutton, district ranger for the Francis Marion Ranger District.

After the October meeting, the next Community Conversation will be held on November 15th in McClellanville at St. James – Santee Elementary. The third meeting will be a day meeting and will have more of an agency focus. It is planned for December 4th, location TBA. Please spread the word to community members of Moncks Corner and McClellansville to encourage participation, and among other agencies for the December meeting. Agency folks are welcome at any of the three meetings.  If you would like more information on any of the meetings, please email Mary Morrison, mwmorrison@fs.fed.us. If you would like more information on the planning process you can find it here.

Your South Atlantic LCC is excited about the forest’s plan revision because given the “all lands” approach that the Forest Service is taking in its planning, it is the perfect opportunity to engage other agencies and nearby lands in collaborative planning at a larger landscape scale.