Second listening session shows concern over LBL plan isn't isolated
By Mason Watkins
DOVER, TN -
While there were a few more empty seats in the Stewart County Visitors Center Tuesday night than during the previous listening session, the focus was still directed at the four seats filled with members of the U.S. Forestry Service.
Most people attending the listening session oppose the LBL management plan, which includes logging and clear cutting thousands of acres to restore the ground to grasslands. Those behind the plan say it's what's needed to maintain the natural landscape, while opponents say it's changing the landscape and making it unappealing to not only tourists, but those who live near it and visit it frequently.
Much like the first listening session, members of the management team said very little and instead emphasized their desire to listen and gather information before they alter any plans. That approach is making many people feel like their voices are falling on deaf ears.
Most of the comments at the Dover meeting were about how the plan is not in the best interest of the area or economic development, not what the government promised the people who lost their land, and how the focus should be on maintaining the roads to cemeteries rather than cutting trees.
LBL Area Supervisor Tina Tilley told Local 6 action will be incremental.
"There may be some things that come out of these meetings that can be implemented immediately," she said. "There may be some things that take longer to work on relationship building and gain understanding before action can be taken."
If you'd like share your opinion, you can email LBLInfo@fs.fed.us or mail comments to land Between the Lakes, Attn: Leadership Team, 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211. More listening sessions may be scheduled in the future. For more information, you can call Jan Bush at 270-924-2016.