FROM STAFF REPORTS
Tennesseans are being urged to show their support for Fall Creek Falls State
Park and to help save the park from environmental damage by attending a
public hearing June 18 in Crossville.
The hearing is being conducted by the Federal Office of Surface Mining
to receive comments from the public on a request that the park's watershed
be designated unsuitable for surface mining to protect the numerous streams
and waterfalls within the park from acid mine drainage.
A petition to declare the park's watershed as "lands unsuitable
for surface mining" was filed more than two years ago by members of
Save Our Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning,
setting in motion a review process by OSM personnel which included preparation
of an Environmental Impact Study.
SOCM and other supporters of Fall Creek Falls hope that a large turn-out
at the hearing, set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 at the Cumberland County
High School gymnasium, will help sway OSM officials from their preliminary
Said SOCM spokesman Landon Medley, "We can't afford to leave the
future of Tennessee's most popular park in the hands of people with a vested
interest, but that's what OSM proposes to do."
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