Temporary regulations to be adopted for Jocassee Gorges

Published: Aug. 17, 2001 at 2:04 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2003 at 12:03 PM EDT
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(Anderson-AP) August 17, 2001 -- The Natural Resources Department may approve emergency regulations to restrict activity at the Jocassee Gorges in the northwest corner of the state. The department is in charge of the 32,000-acre Jocassee Gorges area that the state helped purchase in 1998.

The Natural Resources Department's Dan Rankin says the management plan for the area contains many of the rules discussed in the proposed emergency regulations, but does not have the force of law.

The regulations prohibit rock climbing and restrict all-terrain and off-road vehicles to roads and parking areas. Horseback riding is permitted on most roads.

Breck Carmichael with the Fisheries and Wildlife Division says all-terrain and off-road vehicles create erosion problems when they go off roads. Camping would be allowed only in designated areas.