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Area near dam could be closed to camping

September 9, 2013

Potential resource damage to a strip of Forest Service land on Hemlock Road could result in the closure of that land to camping....

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JUNIOR

Sep-09-13 7:57 AM

Close the area. So many people have no respect for what does not belong to them. I detest those who think that they can invade places whether it is privately owned or government owned.

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cupcake

Sep-09-13 10:02 AM

There isn't much area to camp along the river because so much of it is privatly owned. Just because the goverment ownes it shouldn't mean the public can't use it. Yes, we all need to respect the land we live on...and if someone is breaking the law by littering and cutting down trees then deal with them.... not everyone else because a "few" are being disrespectful. The river is a beautiful place to camp and enjoy. Are you going to start closing the islands for camping too?

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writer10

Sep-09-13 4:29 PM

Oh no, people are using the forest for recreation, we better put a stop to that. How about instead look at ways to address what damage is being done and perhaps establish a camp ground area if it is being utilized this much.

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hemlockdave

Sep-09-13 5:58 PM

This area should be closed to camping. If you look in the area you will see that there are no camping signs in place that were put up by the Forest Service. There was a major problem in the past in this area and it was closed to all camping. The signs are still in place so I would think that the closure is in place. I have seen the litter, piles of human waste, and forest destruction at this area. This is a natural and scenic area that we cant afford to let be destroyed. Our children and future generations should be able to see this as a National treasure not as a over abused piece of waste land.

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colorado

Sep-10-13 8:10 AM

Lets see--the****was put in place in the early sixties. The camping started in the early sixties, perhaps before as I only started fishing there in the sixties.

Fifty years later we are now contemplating closing the area because of "POTENTIAL" Resource damage. Why not just post some rules and patrol the area a bit. Law enforcement drives too and from the****all the time as it is.

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Lifelongresident

Sep-10-13 2:04 PM

Colorado that is just plain silly.

They only want to make new laws/rules, they don't want to enforce them!

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colorado

Sep-10-13 9:17 PM

LOL Sometimes I believe your correct.

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cupcake

Sep-11-13 10:04 PM

I drive past there ALL the time. There ARE NO "No Camping" Signs!! There have been "No Littering" signs put there by the PA fish & Boat Commission from time to time. I have yet to see the "barren" area that is mentioned - even today driving by. There is no real damage being done. The problem is they're LOOKING for "potential damage". There is always "potential" damage when the planet is being lived on. How about if we look to more important things to make a law against. Also, there are ONLY two-maybe three nice sites in this area. They have been "first come,first serve" for MANY years with no problems. Most of the people that camp there are responsible folks who not only keep the place clean but even pick up after the occasional "slobs" that may happen upon the site. This is because they want to keep coming back and try to set an example and don't want their rights taken away. All the "potential resour

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cupcake

Sep-11-13 10:28 PM

All the "potential resource damage" arguments could be made ALL OVER the forest. I can only surmise that someone who wanted to camp there came and someone else may have already set up camp - then complained. This (potential closing) seems like a ridiculous way to solve someone's "pity party" (if this would be the case). Let's hope it's not. Either way, these are nice sites that should be kept open to the public. By the way: deer carcasses have been put there in the winter for the eagle viewing area across the river. Are the left-over bones cleaned up? 'Probably not :) Anyway - ANF: PLEASE KEEP THE SITES OPEN!

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Heydrich

Sep-12-13 10:27 AM

cupcake, left-over deer bones? Please tell me you are not serious. But anyway, if people would act responsibly and clean up after themselves, this would never be an issue. The irresponsible ones ruin it for all. We see it time and time again. This is old, distressing news.

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MTOMTO

Sep-13-13 11:21 AM

I have had people dump deer carcasses on my property. It makes for a disgusting rotting mess.

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