Daniel Boone National Forest unveiling Red River Gorge plans

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – Following months of analysis and numerous virtual meetings, the Daniel Boone National Forest is going to release a Comprehensive River Management Plan draft as well as proposed management actions for the Red River Gorge on Thursday, June 24. These plans will help management of National Forest System lands in the Red River Gorge and along the federally designated Red Wild and Scenic River.

“We are excited to finally be able to share the results of months of hard work and public input in an official way,” said Cumberland District Ranger Jon Kazmierski. “After our meetings with the public and key stakeholders last fall, we really dug into the details of what management would best protect the special characteristics of the Gorge while still providing space for increasing recreation. This set of proposed actions will guide us for years into the future and ensure that we provide the best possible management to this special place.”

Prior to the documents’ release, the Daniel Boone National Forest will conduct a public presentation of the plans on Tuesday, June 22 at 6 p.m. Specialists will explain how the planning process has shaped the proposed actions and what future operations could look like.

“This is not the last step in the process,” said Kazmierski. “We have brought together field data, public surveys, stakeholder input and the existing laws, policy, and regulations that govern the Red River Gorge to complete an environmental analysis and produce a set of management plans for the area. Before we make our final decisions on these documents, we need public input on the proposed actions and analysis. I encourage you to join us at the public presentation and continue to engage when the documents become available.”

Presentation information and more details about this planning process are available on the Daniel Boone National Forest website and the Facebook group “Future of the Red: Management in the Red River Gorge.”

Proposed management documents are expected to be available on June 24, 2021, on the Daniel Boone National Forest Project webpage. Specific written comments (36 CFR §218.2) on the proposed project will be accepted for 30 calendar days following publication of the notice in the Lexington Herald Leader. If the comment period ends on a Saturday, Sunday or Federal holiday, comments will be accepted until the end of the next Federal working day.

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