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 current proposed project area encompasses approximately 1,972 acres of national forest land, including a significant portion of the Chattooga River watershed in Oconee County. Even-age timber harvests, or clear-cuts with reserves, are proposed for 1,261 acres, while uneven-age timber harvests of group selections and thinning are proposed for 711 acres. Tree-cutting would be followed by herbicide application, 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 2019, and have since participated in meetings and hikes with the Forest Service and others involved in the project. We submitted comments on the White Pine Management Project Scoping Notice in May 2019:
UPDATE October 14, 2020
The Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been released, kicking off a 30-day comment period that will end on November 13, 2020. The Forest Service also issued a Proposed Exemption to the 40-Acre Standard in September, with a 60-day comment period that will end the same day (more here). Visit the Forest Service’s White Pine Project page for comment responses and other associated documents. We’ve drafted a few talking points to help guide comments.
Comments must be received by November 13, 2020. Please state “AP White Pine Management” in the subject line or on the mailed envelope.
Mail: Robbie Sitzlar, District Ranger
112 Andrew Pickens Circle
Mountain Rest, SC 29664