Virginia Tech forestry students to host forum on revised Washington-Jefferson National Forest plan

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 24, 2004 – Virginia Tech’s student chapter of the Society of American Foresters will host a public forum to help students and citizens understand best management practices and the various implications of the newly revised Washington-Jefferson National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.

The panel discussion that is free and open to the public will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, at the Fralin Auditorium on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.

Panelists include Citizen Task Force’s Jim Loesel, who will talk about how the process unfolds long term; Jefferson National Forest planning team leader Nancy Ross, who will discuss the role of citizens in the process; Jesse Overcash, wildlife biologist for the Jefferson Forest New River Ranger District, who will discuss implications of the plan for wildlife; and Appalachian Trail Conference Regional Representative Teresa Martinez, who will comment on the recreation aspects.

For further information, contact Lauren Stull at 540 552-3731 or

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