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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 15, 2008

Public meeting on Seven Bends State Park master plan to be held Feb. 27

(WOODSTOCK, VA) ? A public meeting to solicit public comments on the draft master plan for Seven Bends State Park in Shenandoah County will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at 7 p.m. in the Shenandoah County Administration Building board room.

Planners from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will conduct the meeting. DCR?s staff is requesting input from citizens for the proposed development of the 1,600-acre state park. It is located between the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests near Woodstock.

A master plan is written for each Virginia State Park, reviewed every five years and serves as a guide for approximately 20 years. An advisory committee of local residents and representatives of different park user groups assists with master plan development. At least two public meetings are also held. At the February 27 meeting, public input will be sought on the master plan?s proposed programs and facilities and the order in which they will be developed.

As proposed, Seven Bends State Park will have multi-use trails for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians. The trails will connect to the Town of Woodstock and the extensive trail system in the national forest. Other activities addressed in the proposed plan include camping, fishing, picnicking, canoeing, cabin rentals and environmental education. An environmental education center with overnight facilities will focus on extensive natural and historic interpretive programming.

The Shenandoah County Administration Building is at 600 North Main St, Woodstock, Va. For more information, call DCR Environmental Program Planner Lynn Crump at (804) 786-5054.

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