Federal officials cancel Boone logging proposal

Federal officials cancel Daniel Boone National Forest logging proposal


MOUNT VERNON, Ky. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has dropped a proposal for commercial logging in a section of the Daniel Boone National Forest over concerns about the potential impact on a pristine spring and trees hundreds of years old.

Forest Service District Ranger Jason Nedlo said the agency received a significant amount of negative feedback about the plans to allow logging in Rockcastle County over a project called the Crooked Creek Vegetation Management in the Climax and Little Egypt areas.

Kentucky Heartwood forest ecologist Jim Scheff told the Lexington Herald-Leader the proposal called for cutting nearly all the trees in some spots.

Scheff said he has documented trees more than 250 years old in the Little Egypt area.

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