The Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Partnership, a loose coalition of over thirty groups pursuing a diversity of interests, has prepared a slate of changes it is asking the United States Forest Service to incorporate in the updated forest management plan it is preparing. The USFS began updating its plan in 2012, with the stated goal of preserving habitat, clean water, recreational areas, and cultural heritage. The USFS has given members of the public several opportunities to comment, and the group is responding with what it feels are win-win-win strategies for all users of the forest. The slate proposes optimum placement for everything from beneficial logging and controlled burns to areas of no active management. It also called for putting the North Fork of the French Broad and the South Toe under USFS protection until Congress arrives at a conclusion about their worthiness to be designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. Graham County’s Economic Development Director Sophia Paulos noted 70% of that county is under federal protection. Therefore, “The opportunity to navigate the planning process with such a broad array of interest groups was one we couldn’t afford to ignore.” Working with the partnership not only gave the county a louder voice in the process, it fostered relationships with disparate community groups.