Timber sale proposed for Daniel Boone forest

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — 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.

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The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1sPtjFQ) 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.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com