The LBL projects were selected and included in the announcement by Secretary Tom Vilsack on July 21. The 191 total projects, funded at more than $274 million, are located throughout the US Forest Service in 32 states.
“The Recovery Act projects we’re announcing today are central to creating jobs and building a better, stronger economy in the future,” said Secretary Vilsack. “These projects exemplify President Obama’s commitment to sustainability, reducing our environmental footprint, and increasing energy efficiency, which will benefit the 178 million people who visit the National Forests each year, while generating additional tourism and stimulating local economies.”
“The projects selected for LBL will provide funding for much needed work to keep key recreation facilities safe and enjoyable for the public, while providing jobs for our local economy,” commented Mr. Lisowsky.
One project is the replacement of Wranglers Campground’s aging and undependable wastewater treatment system with a new wastewater treatment plant. Wranglers Campground is located in the Trigg County portion of LBL.
With 200 camping units and over 100,000 visitors each year, Wranglers Campground is a key component in LBL’s legislated mission to stimulate the regional tourism economy. As a year-round campground, it is important that the utilities are dependable at all times.
The other project is for trail bridge replacements and trail reconstruction. This project located in Stewart County, Tenn., is comprised of several items based on upgrading and expanding recreation trails infrastructure.
Efforts will be concentrated on replacing small foot bridges and reconstructing needed trail segments in the areas of the Prior Creek Watershed, Brandon Spring Group Center, and Fort Henry Hiking Trail System. ?
In addition, several new hike/bike/birding trails, interpretive pull-offs, raised wetland boardwalks, and observation blinds have been identified in the Prior Creek area and will complement the existing Stewart County trail systems within LBL.
Recreation trails provide the most popular dispersed recreation activities at LBL.
Improving these recreation trails will result in better visitor safety and access within LBL, and will result in an overall increase in recreation visitation, thus stimulating the economy in gateway communities.
Design work on the projects will begin later this summer; however, it will be approximately six months before these projects will be ready for any on the ground work to begin.
(Information for this staff report was submitted by Kathryn Harper, Land Between the Lakes media contact.)