Community Meeting Slated for Monday, March 5
WINCHESTER, Tenn. – Tims Ford State Park will hold a community meeting on Monday, March 5, 2012, to discuss Tennessee State Parks’ current land management practices, which allow hunting on a portion of Tims Ford State Park property. Beginning at 7 p.m., the meeting will be held at the park’s recreation building and is open to the public.
“We are currently reviewing these land management practices and wanted to invite local citizens to the March 5 meeting, which is designed to be both informative and to solicit community input,” said Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “Our main priority is to ensure Tims Ford State Park continues to be a safe and enjoyable destination for a wide variety of visitors.”
The policy review gives Tennessee State Parks an opportunity to re-evaluate its hunting policy, while offering the general public a chance to voice their concerns and ask questions pertaining to the current land management practices.
Dedicated in 1978, Tims Ford is a relatively new state park that now manages nearly 3,000 acres on the Tims Ford Reservoir, including six islands, the Fairview Campground and seven public access areas around the reservoir. As part of the Tims Ford Reservoir Land Management and Disposition Plan, more than 2,000 acres have been added to Tims Ford State Park since 2000. A new visitor center was designed with the park’s growth in mind, providing a better-equipped facility to meet increased visitation and community needs.
Tims Ford State Park, located on the Tims Ford Reservoir in the rolling hills of southern middle Tennessee, is an outstanding recreational area and fishing paradise. Long before the construction of Tims Ford Dam on the headwaters of the Elk River, the area was used extensively by the Indians as a hunting and fishing territory. Archaeological excavations uncovered numerous artifacts and occupational sites, indicating that man had occupied the area as much as 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.
The park is located off of Highway 50, west of Winchester, Tenn. For more information about Tims Ford State Park, including directions to the park, please visit: www.tnstateparks.com/TimsFord or call (931) 962-1183.