Buffalo Trail Prescribed Fire

Buffalo Trail Prescribed Fire

After a four-month delay, conditions were just right on Monday, March 28 for us to begin our prescribed burn.  A moderate East to West wind gently blew into the forest and across the open lands.  Humidity, temperature, and atmospheric conditions in the target area were optimal.  The Bison Trail was our burn block for the day. Dozens of Forest Service employees, students, and volunteers from multiple organizations and agencies gathered at Land Between the Lakes’ well-equipped fire cache for a briefing.  Leadership, old and new, laid out the plan.  If everything went well, we would set alight almost 2,530 acres of the burn…
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Monitoring Program Update #1

Monitoring Program Update #1

Dear visitors, friends, and stakeholders, The new Forest Service 2012 Planning Rule requires all forests to transition to the new monitoring evaluation program requirements of our fiscal year beginning October 1. As part of this review process we are discussing our monitoring program with members of the public and our stakeholders. Our goal at this step is to develop any needed changes in our monitoring programs to comply with the new planning rule. The new planning rule monitoring requirements cover the following eight areas: Watershed conditions Ecosystems Focal species Federally listed threatened and endangered species, proposed and candidate species, species…
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New 2012 Planning Rule Monitoring Requirements

New 2012 Planning Rule Monitoring Requirements

The new Forest Service 2012 Planning Rule requires all forests to update their monitoring programs. Information on the monitoring requirements in the new Planning Rule and proposed changes as to the monitoring program in the Land Between The Lakes can be found through the following links: Administrative Change Administrative Change Cover Letter Administrative Change 2016 Public Involvement Public Involvement Summary Interdisciplinary Team Response to Comments Request For Comments Letter 2012 Planning Rule Monitoring Transition Technical Background Document Other Related Documents Technical Background Document Supplemental Background Document Planning Framework Handout-PDF for printing Planning Framework Handout-For reading online Draft Transition Monitoring Table…
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How Land Management Affects Outdoor Recreation

How Land Management Affects Outdoor Recreation

How are proposed land management practices including logging, expected or anticipated to affect Land Between The Lakes' core mission of environmental education and recreation? Positives and negatives? Summary Timber management activities create opportunities for wildlife viewing. The timber sale activities help with road maintenance, thus allowing for dispersed recreation opportunities such as hunting.  With improved wildlife habitat conditions, the opportunity to utilize environmental education into the role of land management is increased. Restricting or eliminating the use of timber sales as a tool for land management could be perceived as having positive impact on visuals and noise. Why Land Management?…
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How many acres of grasslands, barrens, savannas, and woodlands?

How many acres of grasslands, barrens, savannas, and woodlands?

Over time, how many acres of LBL will be converted to the Pre-European landscape plan of grasslands, barrens, savannas and woodlands? Our Land and Resource Management Plan reserves 8,630 acres for oak-grasslands demonstration areas.  The 2004 Land and Resource Management Plan for Land Between The Lakes refers to the Pre-European landscape specifically for the Oak Grasslands Restoration Demonstration Areas, the Elk &Bison Praire-700 acres, and the south Bison Range-180 acres. Land Between The Lakes is divided into multiple land uses, including administrative areas, recreation and environmental areas, and natural resource areas.  These acres are designated to be managed for a…
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Cost for managing an oak-grassland habitat

Cost for managing an oak-grassland habitat

What is the anticipated costs and what is currently budgeted for maintenance of the existing '8600' acres of savanna/grass lands? Accounting data for the costs of this project (8,600)? We project out our costs for programs such as timber and fire then submit a request for funding annually. This is done as one budget item. We do not break it down into such detail. As land managers we take into account our areas that need treatments and plan for those areas several years in advance. You can find more information about where we spend our funds in one of our…
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Part Of The Pack–My First Encounter with Red Wolves

Part Of The Pack–My First Encounter with Red Wolves

Part Of The Pack--My First Encounter with Red Wolves By Anita Spaulding, Naturalist Apprentice for Woodlands Nature Station I am an apprentice at Land Between The Lakes who recently graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Services. Working at the Woodlands Nature Station is my first full-time position post-college. I came to this job with a very strong interest in animals and a little experience volunteering at several different animal shelters and organizations. Red Wolves fascinate me and I get to work with them--What could be better? Red Wolves are incredible creatures to behold. Agile…
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The Ants are Marching

The Ants are Marching

  The invasive species of fire ants officially known as “Imported Fire Ants,” have made their way to Land Between The Lakes. The species first made their way to the United States around 1918 and have spread through the decades. Imported fire ants collectively include red and black fire ants and their hybrids. Damage Caused by Fire Ants Urban and agricultural areas suffer annual losses amounting to almost $6 billion caused by fire ants. This includes about $750 million in agriculture related damage, and $5 billion in damage to households, business, schools, government, and institutions. If left untreated, they can…
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Oak-Grassland Restoration Demonstration Areas

Oak-Grassland Restoration Demonstration Areas

We received several questions about Land Between The Lakes Oak-Grassland Restoration Demonstration Areas as described in our brochure. Editors Note: The 2007 Oak-Grassland Restoration Demonstration Areas brochure referenced in these questions can be found here. 1) What recreational opportunities are created by Oak-Grassland Restoration Demonstration Areas? Providing for recreation opportunities plays a role in all that we do here at Land Between The Lakes. Overall, our recreation opportunities have improved by restoring a native ecosystem to support a diverse wildlife that depends on open under-story forests with shrubs, wildflowers, and grass components. The dominant tree species of oak/hickory also provides…
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Why do we want the LBL to be returned to pre-European?

Why do we want the LBL to be returned to pre-European?

Question: “Why do we want the LBL to be returned to pre-European?” This question is a recurring concern throughout our listening sessions and even before that. Since I arrived at Land Between The Lakes in 2013, I have reviewed the Area Plan numerous times to guide my decision making process. Many of our documents, signs, and brochures reference a “pre-European” point in time. Because of hearing people’s concerns, I decided to research why those involved in writing our Area Plan selected that point in time to reference. I found the answer in our Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Land and…
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