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Polk County Commissioners passed a resolution Thursday to ask for support from higher officials in taking back parks and recreational campgrounds for local use.
Polk County Commissioners passed a resolution Thursday to ask for support from higher officials in taking back parks and recreational campgrounds for local use. The commission also voted to encourage the Forest Service to return land in the Cherokee National Forest to the Native Americans to see if they could do a better job of managing it.
Third District Commissioner Sheena Gaddis presented the resolution asking local state delegates including Representative Eric Watson, Senator Mike Bell, and Governor Bill Haslam to convey to the US Forest Service the desire to maintain local parks and keep them open. The resolution also asks Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Senator Bob Corker, and Senator Lamar Alexander to collaborate for the Forest Service on ways to continue maintaining local parks within the community.
The resolution points out that residents have hunted, fished, camped, and held family baptisms on the land for hundreds of years and have now been deprived of their spring and summer vacations, opportunities to practice their religious beliefs, and pass down family traditions. It goes on to say lack of maintenance and closure of campgrounds is detrimental to tourism in Polk County.
Third District Commissioner Daren Waters made the motion to pass the resolution, with a second from Second District Commissioner Greg Brooks. The motion passed unanimously. Gaddis said Bradley County Commissioner Adam Lowe would be presenting a similar resolution there.
After the passing of the resolution, Brooks said he had another motion to make. “Due to the ineptness and inability to manage resources,” Brooks said, “I make a motion to request the return of 640,000 acres back to the Native Americans they stole it from and let them try for about 10 years.”
First District Commissioner John Hoyt Pippenger seconded the motion. First District Commissioner James Woody passed, all others present voted yes.
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