I read with interest of the controversy involving the Forest Service’s selection of a company from South Carolina (Envirosmart) as the new maintenance contractor at Land Between the Lakes, and the possibility of closure of the maintenance complex at Golden Pond, which was unsurprisingly denied by the government spokesperson. Anyone with knowledge of LBL’s history knows that where the federal government is concerned, there is often more to the picture than initially meets the eye.
When the Forest Service took over LBL from TVA, it almost immediately tore down the maintenance facilities serving the northern and southern ends of LBL. With these North and South shops gone, all that remains is the maintenance facility at Golden Pond. The condition of the roads at LBL shows that maintenance is not a priority. Doing away with the Golden Pond facility would be consistent with past actions, and perhaps further a long-term objective of returning LBL to a more wilderness-like state.
I was not even aware there was a maintenance employees union at LBL until this story. Has the new company bungled so badly out of the gate as to create workforce issues where none previously existed, or is there something else going on here? I encourage the workforce to be vigilant of their rights, and those who care about LBL to follow the matter closely.
Kenneth Collins, Kuttawa