Forest Service still planning to fix Trail of Tears damage

COKER CREEK, Tenn. (AP) — Damage to a section of the Trail of Tears done five years ago by the U.S. Forest Service has never been repaired, but the agency says it will be.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Forest Service says it has been consulting with several American Indian tribes as well as state officials.

An email to the paper from spokeswoman Stephanie Johnson says the agency is working to finalize a memorandum of agreement on the work to be done. The funding is available.

The Forest Service previously admitted building as many as 35 earthen berms and pits in the trail to discourage off-road vehicles. On Wednesday, a reporter visiting the site found portions of the trail overgrown and impassable.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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