Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to begin the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and site selection processes for a new United States Forest Service visitor center in Lake Isabella:
“Each year, tens of thousands of visitors come to Lake Isabella to enjoy the recreational opportunities the reservoir, the Sequoia National Forest, and the local community have to offer. A top priority for our community has been to build a new visitor center, especially since the Forest Service’s original one was demolished as part of the Main and Auxiliary Dam construction project. Getting to this point took far longer than I would have preferred, but after working with senior U.S. Army Corps Engineers and U.S. Forest Service officials for years to advance a new Lake Isabella visitor center, I am pleased the Corps, in conjunction with the Forest Service, has started the NEPA process on this project and that the Bob Powers Gateway Preserve is under consideration.
“Tourism is an important part of the local economy, and this visitor center will help ensure that people who visit the Kern River Valley can learn about local recreational opportunities while also providing one convenient place to obtain permits needed to fully enjoy the surrounding Federal lands. I look forward to continue working with Army Corps, Forest Service, and Kern County officials and local leaders to bring this new visitor center to fruition.”
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