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Gila County has raised serious questions about the Forest Service’s plan to thin millions of acres through a contract with a logging company. Studies show the overcrowded forest is prone to beetle outbreaks and devastating crown fires.

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West could lose ponderosa pine forests

The ponderosa pine forests that remain Rim Country’s biggest draw could fade away as a result of rising temperatures, deepening drought and spreading wildfires, according to a recent study published in Forest Ecology and Management.

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County alarmed by Forest Service plan

Detailed critique of crucial, two-million-acre forest thinning plan worries Forest Service guidelines would cause a return to deadlock

Great idea. Not so sure about the plan.


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