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Nine years after 20 people died in a flash flood at the Albert Pike Recreation Area in Arkansas, the U.S. Forest Service is considering reopening the area to overnight camping, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. 

The forest service says it will conduct an environmental analysis to determine the future use of the recreation area, which is in a remote and rugged section of the Ouachita Mountains in Montgomery County.

There will be several opportunities for public engagement, according to a news release. The environmental analysis will begin in late fall.

But U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., couldn’t wait that long. He held a meeting Tuesday (Sept. 3) at the Glenwood Public Library to hear from the public. About 50 people attended. Several said the park should be reopened for camping, citing family vacations going back generations.

“My parents took me to Albert Pike in 1964 for the first time,” said Marty Walker, of Daingerfield, Texas. “I never missed spending at least three weeks at Albert Pike for the next four years. Some of the greatest memories and some of the greatest friends we ever made, my family and I, were at Albert Pike.”

Walker started a Facebook page called “Save Camp Albert Pike.” He also got 1,456 people to sign a petition asking that Albert Pike be reopened to camping.

“The campground needs a flash-flood warning system,” Walker told the crowd. “It’s time to move on. It’s time to get the campground at Albert Pike back open.”

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