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Public Invited To Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Updated April 4, 2017 7:20 AM | Filed under: Natural Resources
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(LOUISVILLE) - The Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (Recreation RAC) will meet in Louisville, Kentucky Thursday, April 20, and Friday, April 21, 2017.

Thursday's meeting will be a field trip to see two fee proposals on the Hoosier National Forest. Friday's meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Louisville Downtown, 800 W. Market St., Louisville, KY begin at 9 a.m. and conclude approximately 4:30 p.m.

People interested in recreation fees in the Eastern Region are invited to attend the Friday portion of the meeting. The public comment period is tentatively scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Time allotted for individual presentations will be limited to three minutes. If you cannot join in person, please feel free to join us by conference call at 888-844-9904, 8400659#. Written comments are encouraged, particularly if the material cannot be presented within the time limits of the comment period. Written comments may be submitted by sending them to the Eastern Region Recreation RAC Coordinator. (Address below.)

The tentative agenda includes: Thursday will be a field trip to the Hoosier National Forest to visit fee proposal sites on the Tell City Ranger District. Friday will be a working meeting at the hotel reviewing the:

  • Monongahela National Forest: Lake Sherwood Recreation Area;
  • Hoosier National Forest: German Ridge Campground and Saddle Lake Recreation Area;
  • White Mountain National Forest: include the elimination of fees at nine trailheads including, 19 - Mile Brook Trailhead, East Pond Trailhead, Greeley Pond Trailhead, Hale Brook Trailhead, Hancock Notch Trailhead, Sugarloaf Trailhead, Downes Brook Trailhead, Oliverian Brook Trailhead and Sawyer Pond Trailhead; increase the cost of a daily recreation pass to $5, an annual pass to $30, and eliminating the weekly and household passes; adding Zealand Picnic Area to the Forest Fee Program; increasing the fees Dolly Copp Pavilion; Russell Colbath Barn; Crocker Pond Campground; 4th Iron Campsites; Black Mountain Cabin; Doublehead Cabin; and Radeke Cabin; and Ottawa National Forest: Camp Nesbit Organizational Camp, seasonal personal watercraft docking at Black River Harbor, Lake Ottawa Pavilion, Clark Lake Day-Use Buildings, Sylvania Backcountry Campsites and a day-use pass that covers Black River Harbor Recreation, Lake Ottawa Recreation Area, and the Sylvania Recreation Area.

The Recreation RAC is authorized under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, signed into law December 2004.

Send written comments to: Joanna Wilson, Eastern Region Recreation RAC Coordinator, 855 South Skylake Drive, Woodland Hills, Utah 84653 or via email at jwilson08@fs.fed.us by April 15, 2017.

For agenda and other Eastern Region Recreation RAC information please visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r9/recreation/racs.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service's Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).



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