Trip leaders: Steve Norman, USDA Forest Service; Jim Fox, University of North Carolina, Asheville
The forests of the Southern Appalachians include extensive areas of National Forest, National Park and State jurisdiction, yet in recent years residential development has expanded toward their edges and has resulted in considerable forest loss and fragmentation. Through selected stops, this half-day expedition will explore the forest and cultural history of this interface and address the various threats to wildlands that managers increasingly face. These include conversion of forest land, reduction of core areas, invasive plants, plant poaching and restrictions on prescribed fire management.
Prepare for rain; wear appropriate footwear for modest hiking; No food provided.