Help Protect Resources

Help Protect Resources

The Paradise Timber Sale near Forest Service Road 113 is coming to a close. Loggers have removed their equipment and have begun to restore roads accessing open lands to their pre-sale condition. As part of their contractual obligations, the logging company will install water diversion structures, plant wildlife-friendly native seed mixes, and mulch where needed along access roads impacted by the sale. If you drive along Forest Service Road 113, you will find barricades in place. We are asking you to refrain from driving or walking through these sensitive areas so native grasses can begin to grow. Thank you for your cooperation. John Westbrook Environmental…
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Fenton Fire 2017

Fenton Fire 2017

A Managed Wildfire Fire at Land Between the Lakes  Update | March 8, 2017 Q: Where is the Fenton Fire? A: The Fenton Fire, caused by a lightning strike, is on Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area south of US68/KY60 near the Fenton Campground and along the Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail. Q: Is the Fenton Fire still active? A: Yes. The rain event did not extinguish the fire completely. There are areas still smoldering. Even with the rain over the last few days, the ground is drying very quickly. This time of year, trees uptake of water increases. Therefore,…
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Open lands-Helping Wildlife Survive

Open lands-Helping Wildlife Survive

Dear friends, As part of our Land and Resource Management Plan, we designated approximately 10,600 acres as open lands. This acreage specifically supports insects, game animals, grassland type birds, and mammals through open lands management. Managing open lands involves keeping desired vegetation in an early stage of growth. We do this by cultivating and planting our wildlife plantings and cropland areas. We maintain grassland type habitat primarily by mowing, disking, prescribed fire and herbicide applications. These open land types provide food and shelter for hundreds of species at Land Between the Lakes. Since the turn of the 21st Century, natural…
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Update on Fox Hollow Scoping Letter

Update on Fox Hollow Scoping Letter

Dear Interested Party, We received some questions about the scoping letter for Fox Hollow Project dated August 22, 2016. Many of you expected more detail to be provided. We will provide more information as it becomes available.  As part of the collaboration case study on Fox Hollow we want to involve you earlier in the process so we can consider your ideas and concerns before the project is firmly defined. Therefore, we do not have all the detail you are used to seeing at the scoping phase of a project. We posted the information we do know about Fox Hollow…
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Gypsy Moths

Gypsy Moths

Updated May 9, 2017 Forest Service staff have begun placing gypsy moth traps across Land Between the Lakes this week. Please leave the traps alone, as they are used to learn about new isolated populations. Thank you. Submitted by Yvonne Helton, Silviculturist The gypsy moth, Latin name Lymantria dispar, is a devastating forest pest in parts of North America. Gypsy moths originated in Europe and Asia.  We consider them an invasive species.  The first known occurrence of the gypsy moth occurred in 1869 around Boston, MA shortly after Etienne Trouvelot imported egg masses from France. Our forestry staff placed Gypsy…
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Tree Planting at the Elk and Bison Prairie

Tree Planting at the Elk and Bison Prairie

Submitted by Yvonne Helton, Silviculturist We recently planted approximately 1500 shortleaf pine and 70 Bur Oak seedlings within the perimeter of the Elk & Bison Prairie. We chose areas where pine mortality occurred and staff burned off debris piles. So why did we plant Shortleaf Pine?  We value fire tolerant traits such as its ability to re-sprout and natural resistance to fire scar rot.  Shortleaf Pine also produces frequent cone crops. These attributes suit the Elk & Bison Prairie perfectly. Shortleaf Pine may also create a more diverse habitat.  We observed declines of Virginia Pine in the Elk & Bison…
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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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What are Core Areas?

What are Core Areas?

Given the number of times Land Between The Lakes has been logged in the past, are there any examples of mature canopy forest in Land Between The Lakes that would demonstrate what the under-story would do if the forest is left alone for extended periods of time? Be prepared to give examples, if they exist or explain why they don't, and discuss pros and cons of this area and how they are utilized in relation to environmental education and educating the public in proposed/utilized land management techniques. Summary There are areas that have had little to no management since the 1960s.…
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Land Management, Recreation, and Funding

Land Management, Recreation, and Funding

Has the budget for campgrounds, and facilities such as Nature Station and Homeplace been effected by costs of land management such as logging? Has spending on these areas increased or decreased over the past 10 years?  Summary The budget for campgrounds and facilities stands independent of the budget for vegetation management, such as timber sale preparation and administration. As a result of that, recreation and facilities funding have not been affected. As with all National Forest’s budget in recreation and facilities, over the past 10 years there has been an overall decline in appropriations. For the Land Between The Lakes,…
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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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