Thursday, November 30, 2000

Land Between the Lakes changes camp policy

The Associated Press

        GOLDEN POND, Ky. — One-year permits no longer will be issued at Wranglers Campground at the Land Between the Lakes, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday.

        The one-year permits had prompted criticism from some former residents who were moved off their property by the Tennessee Valley Authority in the mid-1960s when LBL was built.

        They claimed the long-term campers were essentially homesteaders.

        But while the criticism was noted, it wasn't the only reason for the decision, LBL spokeswoman Kathy Harper said.

        Last year, ownership of LBL was transferred from TVA to the U.S. Forest Service, and the service generally does not allow the full-year permits, Ms. Harper said.

        The environmental consequences of the full-year permit also was a factor, she said.

        Three- and nine-month permits will only be issued at the campground, Ms. Harper said.


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