DON’T LET LARGE PORTIONS OF LBL LOOK LIKE THE 8600!
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?
“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:
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!
Tell the Forest Service you support the LBL Coalition Goals and do not want LBL to look like THE 8600.
Email Tina Tilley: firstname.lastname@example.org and please copy us at email@example.com
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