Timber In Tow: Forest Thinning Project Brings Jobs & Helicopter Presence

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Wed, October 31 2012 at 6:20 PM, Updated: Wed, October 31 2012 at 6:53 PM

Trails above Ashland's Lithia Park will be closed due to a forest thining project.





A sixty-two million dollar project to haul trees from different areas of the Ashland Creek Watershed started in earnest with helicopters taking to the sky today.
The impacts of this project seem to go beyond just the future of our forests. It's creating jobs right now.The Ashland Resiliency Project is paid for by federal stimulus money and the work they're doing is expensive but those working in the forest say, it keeps forests healthier and puts food on the table for loggers. While the rain fell on much of the valley floor, it wasn't the same for crews working in the Ashland Creek watershed.
Ninety-nine percent of the timber stays in the Rogue Valley- going to the Murphy timber plant in White City. The hiking and biking trails above the Ashland Creek pond is closed to keep people away from those flying trees.

Below is a link to trail closures.


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