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Title: Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact : Increased Development of Wildwood Park, J. Strom Thurmond Lake, Columbia County, Georgia
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Savannah District
Keywords: J. Strom Thurmond Lake (Ga. and S.C.)
Recreation areas
Environmental protection
Environmental management
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Savannah District.
Abstract: Wildwood Park is located in Columbia County, Georgia on J. Strom Thurmond Lake. It is approximately 121 miles east of Atlanta; 21 miles northwest of Augusta and 6 miles north of Appling, Georgia. The park office is located at 6212 Holloway Road and the main entrance to the park is located at the intersection of Dogwood Lane and State Route (SR) 47. The closest major highway is Interstate 20 (I-20) which is approximately ten miles south of the Wildwood Park entrance. Figure 1: Project Location Map shows the location and vicinity of Wildwood Park. Wildwood Park is situated on approximately 975 acres of land and offers a diverse range of recreational activities and is both a local and regional draw for visitors. J. Strom Thurmond Lake is known regionally for its extensive fishing and boating amenities. The lake consists of 71,000 acres of water and approximately 80,000 acres of land managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to 1988, J. Strom Thurmond Lake was known as Clarks Hill Lake. The Park is managed by the Columbia County Government (County) and resides on property leased from the US Army Corps of Engineers-Savannah District (Corps) through a long term lease agreement. The park has played host to major fishing tournaments and other sporting events. Recently, Wildwood Park has become home to the headquarters for the International Disc Golf Center and Hall of Fame managed by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). Wildwood Park currently includes two boat ramp areas, including a mega boat ramp/dock area with eight docks, numerous picnic areas, 61 campsites, a sand beach area, small playground and covered pavilions, and several miles of hiking, mountain bike and equestrian trails. The land surrounding the park consists of open water, forested, residential, commercial, agriculture and public/open space. This Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates the potential environmental consequences associated with modifying the Master Plan for the Wildwood Park and increasing the use of the park as described in Columbia County’s 2008 Wildwood Park Conceptual Master Plan. The Conceptual Master Plan (Plan) includes improvements to Wildwood Park that would accommodate the County’s new visions and programs for the park while maintaining its valuable existing features.
Description: Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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