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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.

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