COLUMBIA — A new committee will review suggestions for projects to benefit South Carolina’s national forests.

A Forest Resource Advisory Committee meets for the first time in Columbia on Thursday.

Officials with the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests are working with counties and local groups to develop projects to benefit the forests. Such projects may include everything from maintaining fish and wildlife to developing forest infrastructure and trails.

The committee is comprised of members from across the state who will help prioritize the projects.

In other states, such projects have included things like paving campground roads and controlling invasive plants in forests.