The 8600

Click Here to watch the new 8600 Video

 

GET INVOLVED!
DON’T LET LARGE PORTIONS OF LBL LOOK LIKE THE 8600!

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This is an actual picture of a portion of the 8600.  What is the 8600?  It is 2 large sections totaling 8600 acres in Land Between the Lakes that was set aside in 2004 as a demonstration that the Forest Service could create an OAK GRASSLAND.  The Oak Grassland is part of the Pre-European style landscape that the Forest Service believes existed several hundred years ago.  The science says yes, there were oak grasslands on a small scale, but the Forest Service wants to create them on a large scale. So what do they do to create these landscapes?  They log trees, burn and use herbicides in hopes that native grass will grow up between the few remaining trees.  Has this worked?  Not yet.  All throughout the areas they have practiced this on THE 8600 experiment it has created briars, weeds, brush and a scarred, burned landscape.
But this has not stopped the Forest Service from trying these plans outside the 8600.  Recently they have been commercial logging on Eddyville Ferry Road and the Paradise area.  The Forest Service posted this sign below:
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This sign is the same sign used on THE 8600.  It discusses thinning the trees and burning for years to come to create more grass between the thinned trees.  YET, the Forest Service claims they are not expanding their Oak Grasslands outside the 8600.  But clearly it details the same plans – Thin the trees by commercial logging or herbicide and then burn for several years.  They have the same plans for another 5100 acres in the Pisgah Bay area known as the Pisgah Bay Project.

CAUTION:  Over the next few months you will hear from the Forest Service that they are commercial logging and burning outside the 8600 for the HEALTH OF THE FOREST, or to fix the old ICE STORM DAMAGE, or to PREVENT DISEASE, or that THE WOODS IS A MESS AND NEEDS REPAIRED.  They will say – give us 10 years and we will make it look great – So, will we take their word for it?  They have had 10 years to work on THE 8600 – go see it!  Decide for yourself if the Forest Service has succeeded.
Then decide – Do you want LBL to become like THE 8600?

Don’t Let LBL become like THE 8600

So what do those in charge at the Forest Service say
about their work in and outside THE 8600?
See below:

“People will see that it’s not going to be a closed forest like it is now. It will be more open. There will be more opportunities for more grasses to come in. It’s going to be a park-like setting,” Tilley said. “People like to be able to see through the woods. People feel more comfortable in nature when they don’t feel boxed in.” Quote from Tina Tilley, LBL Area Supervisor regarding 4400 acres of planned logging in the Pisgah Bay area in LBL, written by Lauren Duncan, Paducah Sun, March 7, 2015.

“We’re promoting old-growth characteristics,” he said. “We’re managing the forest and speeding up the ecology process.” After all, he said, a damaged forest may take 100 years to heal itself. The Forest Service can do it in 10.” Quote from Dennis Wilson, Timber Program Manager discussing logging on Eddyville Ferry Road article (linked here) by Austin Ramsey, Murray Ledger, April 20, 2015.

The landscape is changing quickly in LBL and it is time to get involved!

Not only is the landscape changing but the original promises are suffering:  ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, RECREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR OUR REGION.

This video was taken two years ago at the Oak Grassland Demonstration area. Is this what you want LBL to be?

 Come see THE 8600 for yourself:

Part of the KY Demonstration area
TO GO VIEW THE KENTUCKY SECTION OF THE 8600 START AT THE INTERSECTION OF RD#144 AND THE TRACE – AS YOU GO SOUTH ON THE TRACE FROM RD#144 UNTIL YOU REACH RD#153 EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON THE LEFT OF THE TRACE IS PART OF THE 8600. TURN LEFT ONTO RD#153. EVERYTHING TO YOUR LEFT IS THE 8600. THEN TURN LEFT ONTO RD#144 UNTIL YOU REACH THE TRACE. ALL TO THE LEFT IS THE 8600.
TO GO VIEW THE TENNESSEE SECTION OF THE 8600 START AT THE INTERSECTION OF RD#201 & THE TRACE – GO SOUTH ON THE TRACE FROM RD#201 UNTIL YOU REACH RD#204- EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON THE LEFT OF THE TRACE IS PART OF THE 8600. TURN LEFT ONTO RD#204. EVERYTHING TO YOUR LEFT & RIGHT IS THE 8600. THEN TURN LEFT ONTO RD#174 THEN LEFT ON RD#201 UNTIL YOU REACH THE TRACE.
TO GO VIEW THE TENNESSEE SECTION OF THE 8600 START AT THE INTERSECTION OF RD#201 & THE TRACE – GO SOUTH ON THE TRACE FROM RD#201 UNTIL YOU REACH RD#204- EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON THE LEFT OF THE TRACE IS PART OF THE 8600. TURN LEFT ONTO RD#204. EVERYTHING TO YOUR LEFT & RIGHT IS THE 8600. THEN TURN LEFT ONTO RD#174 THEN LEFT ON RD#201 UNTIL YOU REACH THE TRACE.
So how can you help?   We need your support by telling the Forest Service you do not want LBL to look like the 8600 and that you support our Coalition Goals.  The coalition is made up of Between the Rivers, Inc. members, Backcountry Horse Riders, Bikers, Hikers, Kayak adventurers, Heartwood of KY & TN members, Fishermen & Hunters, Jeep & Off Road Vehicle owners and many concerned citizens and elected leaders.
Our main goal is to see a new Area Management Plan be written as soon as possible.  This will take a great deal of time to rewrite a plan, but the Forest Service should begin the process soon.   We also believe that in a compromise we request the Forest Service to only do commercial logging in the 8600.  We have no problem with the Forest Service to continue their experiments within this 8600 to see if over the next few years they can succeed.  But no more commercial logging outside the 8600.  We believe our goals are reasonable and should be accepted by the U.S. Forest Service.

We are asking the Forest Service to begin the work to write a
New Management Plan.

  • All future timber sales, logging and timber treatments be restricted to THE 8600 acre designated demonstration areas
  • Prove this thinning and burning timber management experiment works in THE 8600 before spreading throughout LBL.
  • Wildlife, game and species habitat creation to continue on existing open lands and overgrown farmland throughout LBL.
  • Make the original promise a priority: Environmental Education, Recreation & Regional Economic Growth.
  • Restore current trails and create new loop trails for hiking, biking and horses in cooperation with user groups.
  • Restore & maintain campgrounds and boat ramps – no more closures.
  • All roads leading to cemeteries should be passable with a two wheel drive car. No more closures, remove road barricades.
  • Preserve the history – prevent further deterioration of any standing historic sites, landmarks & buildings.

Click here for a printable one-sheet with the above info
Feel free to print and distribute as you can!

 Click here to view the 3 page evidence letter

Click here to view the 12 page evidence letter

The source documents for the above evidence letters.

View more pictures from THE 8600

Tell the Forest Service you support the LBL Coalition Goals and do not want LBL to look like THE 8600.

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Email Tina Tilley: ttilley@fs.fed.us and please copy us at the8600@lblcoalition.org
Or call 270-924-2002, or mail:
100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211.
Or print this handout, sign and send to:
LBL Coalition, 1909 Byrd Rd, Mayfield, KY 42066