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Forest Managers hope sale of small diameter trees for new wood products will avert the cost of conducting large-scale controlled burns (bottom left) and hand-thinning,

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U.S. Forest Service awards historic thinning contract

Charges of ‘cronyism’ dog choice of logging company

The U.S. Forest Service last week awarded the largest contract in history to a private timber company to turn 300,000 acres of small trees into wood products, a move Rim Country officials said may ultimately protect endangered Rim Country communities from wildfires. However, the Centers for Biological Diversity immediately cast a shadow across the announcement by criticizing the choice of a company headed by a former U.S. Forest Service official the environmental group said had repeatedly sought to loosen protections for old-growth forests.

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