© 2020 WFAE
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Local News

Proposed Timber Sale Raises Concerns From Conservationists

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing one of the largest timber sales in the nearly 100-year history of the Nantahala National Forest, and it's drawing concern from conservationists.

The Asheville Citizen Times reports the proposed Buck Project, which also includes prescribed burns and stream improvement projects, would involve a 20,638-acre analysis area in Clay County.

Conservation groups are concerned about the harmful effects of logging and road building. Supporters say it will improve forest health and wildlife habitat in forest areas long overdue for a trim.

The public may comment through May 10. Andy Gaston, district ranger for the Cheoah/Tusquitee Ranger Districts of Nantahala National Forest, says the forest service will consider all comments before issuing its final plan this summer.

The project was first proposed in 2007.

Copyright 2019 WFAE

We Need Your Help Now More Than Ever

WFAE mask

Our newsroom is hard at work covering everything from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to the aftermath of the election, the race for a vaccine and our communities' fight to rebuild. But we can't do it without you. Support our local journalism with a donation of ANY amount, and we’ll send you a free WFAE member mask courtesy of AllDayMask.com of Monroe.