Land Between the Lakes to temporarily halt new timber sales

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Aerial view of Land Between The Lakes, Kentucky

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is halting new timber sales at Land?Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The Murray Ledger & Times reports (http://bit.ly/1DZx5kV) local leaders have lobbied the forest service for months to stop logging and burning hundreds of acres to return it to oak grasslands. They want the service to focus instead on preserving the area’s old-growth hardwood forests.

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In response to the complaints, Land Between the Lakes Area Supervisor Tina Tilley said recreation area officials will honor standing logging contracts, but no new cutting operations will begin until the forest service holds a series of public meetings.

Land Between The Lakes manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program.

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Information from: Murray Ledger & Times, http://www.murrayledger.com

 

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