Here’s an idea…
JMRA — pronounced jam-rah — is a proposal to create a Jellico Mountains Recreation Area in the Daniel Boone National Forest along I-75 in southern Kentucky, and transform Whitley and McCreary counties into an outdoor recreation destination that will be the envy of rural America.
The idea is to leverage the amazing natural assets we have in our own backyard to create a 40,000-acre public playground and nature preserve in national and private forests in Whitley and McCreary counties.
Surrounded by Cumberland Falls, Big South Fork, Laurel Lake, and more, JMRA’s central location could be the glue that binds together all these incredible attractions into a prime destination for nature lovers.
JMRA is a citizens proposed alternative to U.S. Forest Service plans to log more than half the Jellico Mountains, including over 5,000 acres of effective clearcutting on steep slopes.
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JMRA would follow many of the same guiding principles as the Daniel Boone National Forest:
- Free Access
- Open 24×7
- Family and Dog Friendly
The relatively warm and wet environment means the Jellico Mountains are teeming with wildlife, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, flowers, fungi, and moss everywhere on everything. These riches of natural resources provide critical habitat and food for a wide diversity of wildlife, and several threatened and endangered species.
JMRA would follow the multi-use mandate of the national forest to provide a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, camping, rock climbing, gun and bow hunting, fishing, gathering, sightseeing, horseback riding, and Jeep Jamborees.
With JMRA nearby, local businesses would benefit from a steady flow of outdoor enthusiasts ready to spend money. Residents would benefit from the supply of good jobs and increased standard of living in the community. Everyone would benefit from the abundance of clean water and air from the surrounding forest.
JMRA’s central location could bring together all these great natural attractions into one must-visit destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
This website provides information related to JMRA. To discuss this proposal with other residents and stakeholders, please check out the Facebook group:
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JMRA is surrounded by an amazing collection of parks, including Big South Fork NRRA and Cumberland Falls State Resort Park with its world-famous moonbow.
Nearby attractions like the new Cumberland Mint and Kentucky Splash Waterpark would benefit from a steady stream of outdoor enthusiasts flowing to the area for natural recreation.
The towns around JMRA have a lot of small-town charm. People are warm and friendly. Nearby towns like Williamsburg, Corbin, Pine Knot, Stearns, Whitley City, and Jellico would benefit from a steady stream of customers spending time and money on outdoor recreation.
Jellico Mountains are foothills of the Cumberland Mountains in southern Kentucky, just west of Interstate 75. With a relief topping 1,200 feet, the Jellicos are more mountainous than the rest of the Daniel Boone National Forest in which they sit.
Daniel Boone National Forest contains over 700,000 acres of rugged terrain and steep forested slopes. Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and other outdoor recreation opportunities.
We respectfully request that Congress designate a National Recreation Area or National Monument in the Jellico Mountains managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
JMRA is part of a citizens proposed alternative to U.S. Forest Service plans to log nearly 10,000 acres of the Jellico Mountains, including herbicide use and over 5,000 acres of effective clearcutting on mostly steep slopes.
- Proposed clearcutting in Jellico Mountains could have serious negative consequencesBy: Trevor Sherman, The News Journal I have found myself doing a fair amount of research in recent days after attending last week’s Corbin Rotary Club meeting at David’s Steakhouse. The special guest speakers were Debbie Moses, and Timm and Theresa Martin, who were there to speak about the ongoing efforts to convince the U.S.… Read more: Proposed clearcutting in Jellico Mountains could have serious negative consequences
- Citizens are eager to “stop the chop”McCreary Voice – With the rugged beauty and history of the area, perhaps it is no real surprise that a local citizens’ group is opposed to the U.S. Forest Service’s proposed Jellico (& Little Rock Creek) Vegetation Management Project, which incorporates the use of clearcutting and variations of clearcutting to harvest approximately 5,000 acres of… Read more: Citizens are eager to “stop the chop”
- Jellico Mountain task force formed to oppose Daniel Boone National Forest loggingWTVQ — A group of Whitley and McCreary County citizens have banded together to protect thousands of acres of the Daniel Boone National Forest. This is in response to the U.S. Forest Services’ plans to clear-cut approximately 5,000 acres of the forest and log a total of 10,000 acres over the next 40 years, the… Read more: Jellico Mountain task force formed to oppose Daniel Boone National Forest logging
- Citizens Alternative to the Jellico Vegetative Management ProjectMarch 15, 2023 Tim Reed, District ManagerDaniel Boone National ForestStearns Ranger District3320 Highway 27 NWhitley City, KY 42653 Subject: Citizens Alternative to the Jellico Vegetative Management Project #63037 Dear Mr. Reed, This letter is in response to U.S. Forest Service plans to log the Jellico Mountains of the Daniel Boone National Forest over the next… Read more: Citizens Alternative to the Jellico Vegetative Management Project
- Kentucky Residents Angered by U.S. Forest Service Logging Plan That Targets Mature TreesWILLIAMSBURG, Kentucky—Brandon Bowlin learned of the U.S. government’s plan for clear-cutting in the southernmost mountains of Daniel Boone National Forest only a few weeks after the hard summer rains of 2022, when the earth slid off a mountain beneath a slope he had once logged. Since age 14—when Bowlin first held a chainsaw—he has harvested… Read more: Kentucky Residents Angered by U.S. Forest Service Logging Plan That Targets Mature Trees
JMRA is not a company, organization, or governmental agency. It’s a proposal by citizens to create a Recreation Area in the Jellico Mountains.
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