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      Francis Marion National Forest still seeking input on plan

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - Revisions of the management plan for the Francis Marion National Forest has been in progress since February and officials are still looking for your input.

      It's been nearly two decades since the plan for how forest lands should be used was last revised. That 1996 plan generally dealt with recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Hugo which wiped out about a third of the forest with its 135 mph winds in 1989.

      One challenge for planners is that urban areas near the forest have greatly expanded during the past couple of decades.

      The U.S. Forest Service is taking public comment on a new plan through mid-April.

      The deadline for those who are interested in commenting online on recreation and tourism opportunities is April 11, 2013. You can voice your opinions at http://www.fs.usda.gov/scnfs.

      "We continue to be excited about using Crowdbrite's technology to provide us with input into the Francis Marion plan revision process," said Francis Marion District Ranger Orlando Sutton. "We're getting great input from folks on forest benefits, the forest's unique and special places, visitors' favorite places and ways to improve a visitor's overall experience."

      The idea is to find out what visitors like about the forest and the recreational opportunities it can offer.

      For more information on the forest management plan revision process, click here.

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