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Input Sought For Wilson Creek Plan

The U.S. Forest Service is requesting public input to assist in building the Wilson Creek Action Plan. The plan will provide a vision for outdoor recreation infrastructure development along Wilson Creek and present recommendations for parking areas, river accesses, and support facilities such as restrooms and picnic areas.

Over the past three years, the community has come together to support better stewardship of the Wild and Scenic River located in Pisgah National Forest in Caldwell County. As part of this partnership, the U.S. Forest Service is moving forward with plans to improve parking and river access.

The Forest Service is requesting public input to ensure the views of the community are represented in future developments. Public input is critical in ensuring that these recommendations will meet the current needs of the community and protect the Creek for future generations.

The project area covers nine miles of the Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River corridor along Brown Mountain Beach Road from Adako Road to NC 90 at Mortimer. Landownership includes federal lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, state lands managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Caldwell County managed lands, and private lands. Opportunities for development will primarily focus on federal lands.

Carolina Land and Lakes Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) is funding the action plan with local planning firm Destination by Design. The U.S. Forest Service Grandfather Ranger District is leading the effort in partnership with land managers from the NC Wildlife resources Commission.

A diverse coalition representative of the local residents, businesses, and users is guiding the process. These partners include: A Clean Wilson Creek, American Whitewater, Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce, Caldwell County Planning Department, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, G5 Trail Collective, Latinos Aventureros en las Carolinas, Northwest NC Mountain Bike Alliance, and Wild South.

Visit www.g5trailcollective.org/wilsoncreek and fill out the feedback survey.