Workers Start Controversial Logging Project

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A controversial logging research project has started in Robinson Forest, catching environmentalists who had hoped to stop it off guard.

Crews began widening a road and created a staging area last week at the forest located near Jackson on the Cumberland Plateau that is owned by the University of Kentucky.

Protesters had tried to stop the university's Board of Trustees from allowing the research project to find the best practices for clearing trees near streams.

Supporters of the project say cutting trees in 800 acres of the 10,000-acre forest could become a model in Kentucky and elsewhere for logging with the least environmental disturbance.

A coalition of environmental groups released a statement Friday saying they were unaware that the school was proceeding with the project.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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