Posted by: panthertown | September 10, 2012

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Panthertown Burn – Thursday, September 20

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Panthertown Burn - Thursday, September 20

Friends of Panthertown Annual Membership Meeting – Thursday, September 20

Friends of PanthertownFriends of Panthertown is hosting a public meeting and information session Thursday September 20 at 6 pm at the Cashiers Community Center gymnasium located at 42 Community Place Road, Suite 3, off US 64 in Cashiers, near the public library and new recreation center. Experts from several organizations, including the U.S. Forest Service, have been invited to be on hand to answer questions and take comments related to proposed actions in Panthertown Valley.

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Panthertown Burn - Thursday, September 20In addition to discussing the recently announced proposed future prescribed burns in Panthertown Valley at our annual meeting, we will also be recognizing our valuable partnerships and offering appreciation to our volunteers who have worked so hard over the last year to protect and maintain Panthertown Valley. During the meeting, anyone from the public will have an opportunity to join Friends of Panthertown, and all members will be permitted by the U.S. Forest Service to comment on the proposed burn in Panthertown until October 6, an extended deadline kindly offered by Ranger Mike Wilkins for Friends of Panthertown members.

“We believe it is important for the public to have an opportunity to learn more and share their thoughts about the proposed plan. Friends of Panthertown represents many stakeholders with diverse opinions. We are in support of whatever is best for Panthertown Valley. At this time we are consulting with ecologists from several organizations, including the U.S. Forest Service, for their input before forming an official position.” – Jason Kimenker, Executive Director, Friends of Panthertown

We hope to see you at our annual membership meeting. We encourage anyone who loves Panthertown Valley to join as a Friends of Panthertown today or sign-up to volunteer at one of our upcoming work days.

The Cashiers Community Center is located off US 64 in Cashiers, about 1/4 mile west of the NC 107 intersection, heading towards Highlands. There is a sign for Wendy’s and Silver Creek Real Estate on the corner of the road leading to the meeting. The Community Center is on the right, next to the fire department. The gym is located upstairs. Look for our signs. Refreshments will be provided.

Refreshments will be provided at the meeting.

For more information about the Nantahala National Forest – Future Prescribed Burns please visit our website at www.panthertown.org, send e-mail to friends@panthertown.org, or call (828) 269-4453.


The Sylva Herald

Read a related article in The Sylva Herald newspaper. Thursday September 13 edition.

Smoky Mountain News

Read a related article in Smoky Mountain News. Wednesday September 19 edition.



Responses

  1. For the issue relating to controlled burns on Little Green Mt. and Blackrock Mt., this democratic process gives all of us an opportunity to enter our thoughts into the decisions to be made by the USFS.–J. Dan Pittillo


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