Forward by Eugenia Jones
Photo by Eugenia Jones
The Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service is seeking public feedback on a proposed list of deferred maintenance projects selected for Great American Outdoors Act funding in fiscal year 2022. The Daylight Jellico IRMS Area Roads project in the Stearns Ranger District (along with other local projects) is on the list. The Daylight Jellico IRMS Area Roads project seeks to remove timber within 150 ft along the centerline of roads and repair fill/cut slope failures in the roadway. The Jellico Area of the Daniel Boone National Forest includes Stephens Knob and Little Rock Creek, pictured above. McCreary Countians are encouraged to provide feedback in support of funding for proposed maintenance projects in the Stearns Ranger District.
This is a great opportunity for locals to provide feedback and help improve our portion of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Click on the USDA link near the beginning of the following press release: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r8/home/?cid=fseprd7
96778 and then scroll down the page to the list of deferred projects. Scroll further down the list to the KY deferred projects (states are listed in the middle column) and give positive feedback in favor of the KY deferred projects for the Stearns Ranger District-especially the minor recreation features project which seeks to replace picnic tables, signage, et. and the projects dealing with trail/bridge/road maintenance and other improvement in the Stearns District. Click on the Public Comment link near the end of the following press release: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/Comment Input?project=
NP-2651 to give feedback. Remember! Feedback must be given by November 30 so timing is important! This is our opportunity to make our portion of the Daniel Boone National Forest even better.
ATLANTA – The Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service is seeking public feedback on a proposed list of deferred maintenance projects selected for Great American Outdoors Act funding in fiscal year 2022.
The projects shown on the Southern Region website aim to address part of the $5.2 billion deferred maintenance backlog across the country, and also improve public access and quality of visitor experience through repair and restoration of roads, trails, bridges, recreation sites and other facilities. Please visit the Southern Region page and view the list of projects here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r8/home/?cid
The proposed projects were selected based on seven criteria:
• Reducing deferred maintenance
• Promoting management of America’s forests
• Improving visitor experience
• Contributing to rural economic development
• Improving visitor access
• Ensuring health and safety
• Leveraging partner contributions and resources
• Signed into law this summer, the Great American Outdoors Act provides funding that will enable federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forest and grasslands through 2025. The Forest Service is working closely with all interested publics to ensure the selected projects continue to meet local needs and maximize the benefits experienced by millions of Americans who visit and use their national forests and grasslands.
The public has until Nov. 30 to review and provide feedback on the proposed list. For more details on how to submit your feedback, visit: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput? project=NP-2651