Representatives of the Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest are pleased with the broad support their nineteen proposed projects have received from a diversity of users. The park is visited by millions each year, and Ranger Jeff Owenby says it’s rewarding to work where so many people care about the decisions being made. The park currently has 380 miles of trails, all open to the public for hiking. Mountain bikes are allowed on 175 miles, and horses on 65. The park service has proposed adding 10.6 miles of connector trails and 12.85 miles of reroutes. Other proposals call for improving rivers and crossings and conducting 25 miles of heavy trail maintenance. Proposed projects address either issues identified by park rangers or suggestions made by park users. Almost all have been batted around for years, being considered for the 2013 National Forests in North Carolina Trail Study as well. After the closing of a public comment period, the district ranger will decide which projects will move forward. A timeline will be established, and sources of labor and funding will be recruited.