The USDA Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina today announced that it will host a workshop on Dec. 11, 2014 to continue discussions on the development of a trail strategy for the Uwharrie National Forest. The meeting will be held 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Garner Center, 210 Burnette St., Troy, N.C.
This is a follow-up to a meeting held in September to address management of non-motorized and motorized recreation trails across the Uwharrie National Forest. The Forest Service invites all trail users to participate in this process, which includes an on-going dialogue to evaluate long-term use and trail sustainability.
The focus of this meeting will be to develop working groups. The working groups will focus on specifics about the trail systems and related facilities for the different user groups. The ultimate goal will be to develop recommendations for a comprehensive trail management plan for the Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina, along with a stronger community of volunteers to assist with these efforts.
The Forest Service initiated this process because use of forest trails in North Carolina is increasing every year. Future emphasis will be on high-quality experiences on sustainable trail systems. The trail strategy is the next step in implementing the Land and Resource Management Plan for the Uwharrie National Forest signed in 2012, which called for designating non-motorized and motorized trails.
With more than 120 miles of system trails, the Uwharrie National Forest encompasses 50,000-plus acres in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc, then click on Uwharrie Trail Strategy, for more information.
—contributed by USDA Forest Service