Locals Question Forest Thining Project

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Mon, November 26 2012 at 6:14 PM, Updated: Tue, November 27 2012 at 10:16 AM

Some have been questioning the size of log scarred down from Granite Street and the Ashland Watershed. As part of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project trees are being thinned but some viewers suggest the truck loads look more like a logging project than a thinning project.

Officials overseeing the A.F.R. want to make it clear, they're doing the best they can to save all the old growth while making the forest less prone to fire. Another question was raised about the money coming from that timber. All of it's being processed locally at Murphy  All of the money stays with the project. The 62 million dollar project mainly by federal stimulus money.

It's been nearly a month and A.F.R.
 plans to be done soon, but the last project, which happens to be the smallest will be the closest to town.


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