In a conference call on Tuesday, we met with the Forest Service Washington Office and Congressional Staffers from Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Congressman Ed Whitefield’s offices. I shared our plans with them of how we will move forward with our Forest Management. I want to also share them here with you.
We are working with our Regional and Washington Offices to modify our existing timber sales. We will be adding “buffer zones” to address visuals along Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway. We have a better understanding now of visual importance to our visitors.
In an effort to be responsive to public concerns, we agreed that Land Between The Lakes would not enter into any new timber sales until we have open dialogue with the public.
Finally I shared with them that we would be holding multiple community conversations in the near future to hear public concerns and ideas about management at Land Between The Lakes– focusing on our Pisgah Bay project proposal. These gatherings will begin in May. We want all voices to be heard to develop an additional alternative for the proposed area.
I believe these steps are important to ensure the public that we are listening and want to work together.
Good communication and building partnerships will be crucial as we move forward.
Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to working with you on our Pisgah Bay Project proposal in May.
Land Between The Lakes
P.S. If you wish to be notified by email of project updates — including our community conversations, please send a request to [email protected]. In the subject line please type “SOPA List” which stands for “Schedule of Proposed Actions.”