The Black Hills National Forest’s Pactola Campground Loop B is set to undergo a reconstruction project, which will include road enhancements such as design, construction, and resurfacing.
As per a report, these improvements aim to expand the campground’s limits, further develop its water systems, and create better camping area destinations for visitors.
The newly renovated campgrounds will be built to accommodate modern recreational vehicles and will adhere to accessibility standards. This project is part of a larger investment in outdoor recreation and infrastructure improvements in the region.
The USDA Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Region recently announced an investment of $24 million from the Great American Outdoors Act to support 38 selected projects across Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming for Fiscal Year 2023. The act established the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which provides funding for these investments.
Regional Forester Frank Beum commented on the allocation of funds, stating, “These regional investments will continue to focus on deferred maintenance projects, improvements to recreational facilities and infrastructure, public access, and economic benefits.” He adds that the funds will help address some of the impacts caused by the increased visitation that started during the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to rise.
The outdoor recreation industry greatly benefits from these investments, as improved facilities and infrastructure attract more visitors and boost the local economy. A well-maintained and modern campground experience encourages outdoor enthusiasts to return, providing steady revenue for businesses in the area.
Moreover, enhanced recreational facilities and infrastructure contribute to the overall appeal of the region as a destination for outdoor activities. This, in turn, supports the growth and development of the outdoor recreation industry, leading to the creation of more jobs and a stronger local economy.
Currently, the Rocky Mountain Region has 154 unique Legacy Restoration Fund projects in various stages of development. So far, 23 projects have been completed, including those authorized and funded for deferred maintenance in Fiscal Year 2023.
These efforts demonstrate a clear commitment to enhancing the outdoor recreation experience for visitors while promoting the growth of a thriving industry. The improvements to Pactola Campground exemplify the positive impacts these investments have on regional parks and public lands.