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Residents from areas surrounding Land Between the Lakes National Recreational Area showed up for the Forest Service hosted listening session, filling the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center last night.

Most had the intent of crying out against the Forest Service’s management of LBL, pointing out what they saw as inconsistencies in their plan and making pleas to protect areas they once called home.

LBL Officials Encourage Pisgah Bay Dialog

May 26, 2014

  The U.S. Forest Service is developing plans to advance upland oak and shortleaf pine forest structures by thinning trees on 4,469 acres and conducting multiple prescribed fires on 5,160 acres of the Pisgah Bay Project Area at Land Between the Lakes.

The U.S. Attorney General's office will soon decide whether to uphold a protest aimed at stalling a Land Between the Lakes maintenance contract won by a South Carolina-based company.

The U.S. Forest Service awarded EnviroSmart the contract in late August, over local company Swift & Staley, which has managed road, trail and facility maintenance along with environmental services for the last three and a half years.

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The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area will have to cut a million dollars from its annual operating budget following across-the-board budget reductions for all national parks.  LBL Area Supervisor Bill Lisowsky says this means some smaller roads along with Jones Creek and Rushing Creek campgrounds will be closed.