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The Forest Service has posted significant updates to the RRG Management Plan.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59892

On the "Analysis" tab see the plan details: FinalRedRiverComprehensiveRiverManagementPlan_20210922
In this document you can find detailed maps of the proposed new trails, front-country campsites, parking etc.: 20220107 Revised RRG EA and FONSI

The "Decision" tab has the official Draft Notice ("DN") and other documents.

Notice, starting today 1-14-2022: If no objections are filed within the 45-day time period, implementation of the decision may occur five business days following the last day of the objection period. When objections are filed, implementation may occur immediately following the date that all concerns and instructions identified by the Reviewing Officer in the objection response have been addressed.


Dear Forest Visitor:
Thank you for your interest in projects on the Daniel Boone National Forest.  You are subscribed to Red River Gorge Management Planning for USDA Forest Service. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
The project's environmental assessment has been revised based on public comments, and supporting documentation are available on-line at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59892.
Two Draft Decision Notices are now available for your review: one covers the proposed Comprehensive River Management Plan and the other proposes a wide range of management activities to address recreation within the Red River Gorge.  Both of these projects are subject to the pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR Subparts A and B. If you wish to object, please state which Draft Decision you are objecting to: the Red River CRMP or the Red River Gorge Management Actions. See attached letters for more information.   
Sincerely,
The Daniel Boone National Forest

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Re: "Final" Red River Gorge Manangement and Planning project posted today
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2022, 09:12:41 AM »

Thanks for posting this. If all of the proposed changes occur, especially the part about unofficial trails made official and designated campsites, then the gorge will feel very different in 10 years time. It will be interesting to see what actually happens.

For anyone who wants a quick look at the big changes, the maps start on page 67 of this link https://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/115625_FSPLT3_5822542.pdf
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Re: "Final" Red River Gorge Manangement and Planning project posted today
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2022, 09:53:54 AM »

Does anyone know what the policy on off-trail hiking will be?
Possibly allowed but discouraged??

I've only found this:
Trail decommissioning activities include preventing use through planting native vegetation and disguising impacted areas with natural debris.
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Potential Future Management Actions: ...  Educate and broadly distribute information about the locations of designated system trails and discourage off-trail use.

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Re: "Final" Red River Gorge Manangement and Planning project posted today
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2022, 05:42:40 AM »

I'm curious about this as well. I would really hope they do not try to do away with off-trail hiking, or even discourage it for that matter. I mean, I get it, but that would pretty much end arch/waterfall/petroglyph hunting as we know it. Getting off trail and finding those gems is what it's all about!
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