Forest Service to host public workshop on upper Chattooga decsions

Release Date: Jul 22, 2014

Contact(s): Judy Toppins, 770-297-3061

Workshop to be held twice on August 19 in Walhalla, S.C.

U.S. Forest Service officials invite the public to participate in one of two collaboration meetings on implementation of the 2012 decisions to manage recreation uses on the upper segment of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River. The meetings will take place at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the First Baptist Church, 403 E. Main St., Walhalla, S.C. The information and format for both meetings will be the same, providing flexibility for people to attend during the day or in the evening.

"During our collaborative process prior to the 2012 decisions, many people shared the same vision for the future of the upper Chattooga with respect to campsites, trails, interpretation, education and group sizes," said Rick Lint, Forest Supervisor for the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests. "We want people to come to one of the meetings, share their thoughts and energy behind that shared vision and work together as we move forward with implementation."

Each meeting will start with information sharing from the Forest Service, followed by break-out sessions focused on designated trails and campsites. Specifically, the agency wants to collaborate on:

  • Inventorying trails and campsites;
  • Providing quality camping and hiking experiences;
  • Interpretation and education opportunities; and
  • Which campsites and trails to keep or close.

"While we will share some information at the meeting, we are asking attendees to come to the meeting ready to roll up their sleeves and work together to create a shared vision for a path forward for managing this beautiful and cherished river,” said Lint. “There is a lot of interest in the Chattooga River, and I look forward to this next phase of the collaborative process."

The Forest Service is asking attendees to RSVP to Mary Jackson at or (803) 561-4000 no later than Aug. 13, 2014. The agenda and other pertinent information will be posted on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests’ website in early August at

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