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A proposed, 33,000-acre thinning plan will affect Bear Canyon Lake (above) and the rest of the Rim Lakes, which anchor the region’s tourist economy. The plan will also test prescriptions for forest restoration that helped forge a rare consensus between loggers and environmentalists.

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Rim Lakes thinning plan affects tourist economy

Thinning 33,000 acres would dramatically reduce fire danger in crucial area, but may also challenge restoration consensus

The U.S. Forest Service wants to drastically thin the overgrown forest surrounding the Mogollon Rim lakes on which the region’s tourist economy depends. However, the proposal to cut some of the largest trees on 33,000 acres surrounding tourist draws like Bear Canyon and Willow Springs lakes atop the Rim could cast a shadow across a hard-won consensus on forest restoration between loggers and environmentalists.

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