The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comments on its proposal to ban the possession of alcoholic beverages at the Fisher’s Landing Recreation Area in the Croatan National Forest.
The Forest Service is proposing the ban following complaints by visitors of drunken behavior at the site, according to a release from the U.S. Forest Service. Those who have complained said that the behavior had diminished the quality of their experience at the recreational site and had made the area unfriendly to families.
Also, the forest service has reported several cases of damage to resources and facilities at the Fisher’s Landing area because of alcohol-related incidents.
Fisher’s Landing is located off U.S. 70 in the Riverdale area between Havelock and New Bern. The area includes picnic tables and has nine primitive campsites on a grassy bluff overlooking the Neuse River. Stairs and a paved walkway lead to the river, and swimming is permitted at the location, though no lifeguards are on duty. Other activities at the site include hiking and fishing.
According to the release, Kristin Bail, forest supervisor for national forests in North Carolina, is considering the Forest Closure Order that would put the alcohol ban into effect. The closure would remain in effect for five years from the effective date unless the order is rescinded earlier.
Those wishing to express an opinion on the proposed alcohol ban can email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail written comments to Croatan National Forest, 141 E. Fisher Road, New Bern, NC 28560. Comments can also be faxed to the Croatan National Forest district office at 637-9113.
The deadline for public comment is Thursday.
The Croatan National Forest district office is located off U.S. 70 between Havelock and New Bern.
For more information, call the Croatan National Forest district ranger office at 638-5628 or the North Carolina office for national forests at 828-257-4200.