National Forests in NC Propose Required Bear Canisters for Overnight Camping on Appalachian Trail and in Panthertown

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking input on a proposal to require bear resistant food containers for all overnight campers on the Appalachian Trail located on the National Forests in North Carolina and in Panthertown on the Nantahala Ranger District.

Written comments should be submitted by September 19, 2018. Comments can be emailed to or mailed to Johnny Wills, Nantahala RD Wildlife Biologist, Nantahala Ranger District, 90 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734.  Contact Mr. Wills for more info: 828-524-6411 ext 452