Closings predicted in Corps recreation areas | Arkansas Blog

Monday, January 16, 2012

Closings predicted in Corps recreation areas

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 6:49 AM

GREERS FERRY LAKE: Its one of the places with popular Corps of Engineers parks that could be on the chopping block.
  • GREERS FERRY LAKE: It's one of the places with popular Corps of Engineers parks that could be on the chopping block.

A reliable source says federal budget tightening will surface in an obvious way in Arkansas later this week.

He said an announcement is expected from the Little Rock District of the Corps of Engineers about closing a number of parks and camping areas because of money shortages. Areas with small use will be targeted for closure. The state has been down this road in previous times of tight money. Closures in the Ouachita National Forest four or five years ago set off an outcry. The camping areas are popular, particularly in hard times when low-cost vacations are important.

My source predicts most closures will be north of the Arkansas River and roughtly west of a line from Little Rock to Mountain Home. Source says Lake Ouachita, under supervision of a different Corps office, will not be affected for now. If this comes to pass, the biggest portion of affected territory will be in the 3rd Congressional District, home to Republican budget hawks. They will cheer this saving of tax dollars, won't they?

Corps cuts in other areas of the country already have become evident.

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (12)

Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Conner Eldridge forms NWA law firm

    Conner Eldridge, the former western district U.S. attorney who made an unsuccessful Democratic race for U.S. Senate in 2016, has announced formation of a new law firm, based in Rogers, with Steve Brooks, a former Friday Firm partner.
    • Feb 19, 2018
  • Government holiday includes Hutchinson news conference

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson won't take today's government holiday off. He's holding a 3 p.m. news conference to respond to a call from leaders of the House and Senate to hold a special session on the issue of pharmacy reimbursements under the state's expanded Medicaid health insurance coverage.
    • Feb 19, 2018
  • The kids are marching open line

    The open line. Kids marching for gun control. And a recollection of how hard it is in Arkansas to restrict gun ownership, even by proven thugs.
    • Feb 18, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • In the margins

    A rediscovered violin concerto brings an oft-forgotten composer into the limelight.
  • Donald Trump is historically unpopular — and not necessarily where you think

    My colleagues John Ray and Jesse Bacon and I estimate, in the first analysis of its kind for the 2018 election season, that the president's waning popularity isn't limited to coastal cities and states. The erosion of his electoral coalition has spread to The Natural State, extending far beyond the college towns and urban centers that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. From El Dorado to Sherwood, Fayetteville to Hot Springs, the president's approval rating is waning.
  • Arkansans join House vote to gut Americans with Disabilities Act

    Despite fierce protests from disabled people, the U.S. House voted today, mostly on party lines, to make it harder to sue businesses for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Of course Arkansas congressmen were on the wrong side.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation