From Southwest Arkansas Radio
A group of individuals continue the push to reopen the Albert Pike campground to overnight camping. Area citizens note newer safety systems and the possibility of a cell phone tower that would make the park safe for camping.
U.S. Congressman Bruce Westerman says he knows how important campgrounds like Albert Pike are to recreational enthusiasts. He has been working with the U.S. Forest Service, as legal proceedings wrap up, to see what options are available. A spokesperson for his office said that they are still gathering constituent input, before moving forward.
A petition of over 1500 signatures to reopen the campsite has also been submitted to the USFS.
“Whenever I’m home in Arkansas, spending time outdoors is always my
favorite thing to do. Having grown up fishing and hunting, I know how important campgrounds like Albert Pike are to recreational enthusiasts. At the same time, we need to take necessary precautions to ensure tragic deaths don’t happen again. I’ve been working with the U.S. Forest Service and as legal proceedings wrap up, I hope to hear from constituents and get their input on whether the campground should reopen, in order to make the decision that’s best for everyone.” – U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.)