Land Between the Lakes heritage and recreation areas to take massive budget cut | News

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation area is taking a massive budget cut in recreation and heritage from the U.S. Forest Service.

To give some perspective, in the fiscal year of 2015, the budget was $2.5 million, the 2020 fiscal year budget was $1.8 million, the 2021 year was cut to $77,000 and by 2022, the U.S. Forest Service will budget will cut to zero dollars.

A zero dollar budget means the U.S. Forest Service could cut places, like: welcome stations, Energy Lake Campground, picnic areas, firearm shooting areas, the Homeplace, Brandon Springs, Woodlands Nature Station, as well as no

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Tourism rates fall but outdoor recreation sees massive increase over the last year

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A study by the 7 Rivers Alliance on tourism and economic numbers across the region found in 2020 the tourism rates fell greatly but outdoor activity rates skyrocketed.

The 7 Rivers Alliance is a regional economic development organization that serves eight counties in Western Wisconsin, two counties in Northeast Iowa, and three is Southeastern Minnesota.

Chris Hardie, CEO of 7 Rivers Alliance, explained that he works with economic development and tourism partners throughout the region to help grow their economy.

“Tourism is a very important economic development tool in our region and it has a

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