In the spring of 2019, the Forest Service issued a Scoping Notice for the White Pine Management Project on the Andrew Pickens Ranger District in South Carolina. The project area encompasses approximately 2,148 acres of national forest land, including a significant portion of the Chattooga River watershed in Oconee County. Even-age timber harvests of clear-cuts “with reserves” are proposed for 1,487 acres, while uneven-age timber harvests of group selections and thinning are proposed for 661 acres. Tree-cutting would be followed by herbicides, prescribed burning, chipping, and/or planting.
The White Pine Management Project would impact popular recreation areas used by the public for horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and scenic enjoyment. It would also affect streams, rare stands of old growth timber, and adjacent private landowners. We hosted a public meeting about the project in late April, and have since participated in meetings and hikes with the Forest Service and others involved in the project. We are now awaiting the release of the Forest Service’s draft decision notice.
The proposed project area can be viewed on our Interactive Map.
We submitted comments on the White Pine Management Project Scoping Notice in May 2019:
The Draft Environmental Assessment is expected to be released in late summer of 2020. We will continue to update as this project progresses.