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11:56 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Timber Sale Proposed For Daniel Boone Forest

Daniel Boone National Forest
Daniel Boone National Forest
Credit National Forest Service

The National Forest Service has proposed allowing more commercial logging in the Daniel Boone National Forest than it has in over a decade.

The logging would take place on 3,515 acres in Pulaski and McCreary counties as part of a project that also entails controlled burns and other activities on about 15,000 acres. It is designed to better manage the forest by improving wildlife habitat and forest health.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the proposal has prompted some concern and some support.

Kentucky Heartwood Director Jim Scheff said commercial logging carries risks and the Forest Service could accomplish its goal through less-invasive means.

McCreary County Judge-Executive Doug Stephens says some local residents would oppose logging due to environmental concerns while others would support it because it would boost the economy.