Logging Will Not Be Interrupted

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

Plans to log part of the Robinson Forest in eastern Kentucky will not be interrupted.

The UK Senate represents faculty opinions and they chose not to support a motion to halt the logging.

It's a decision that some residents are concerned about.

Susan Marshall has lived on property connected to the forest since she was nine years old.

She and her late husband always kept an eye on their favorite place to be, “He was really particular about the forest, if we had a fire, he was on his toes,” Marshall said.

The forest was deeded to the University of Kentucky for research in 1923 and was completely logged soon after.

Since then, forestry officials say a few spots have been logged for research...but now, one-thousand acres are planned for logging.

“A lot of research that happens here, the results are going to be interesting to a whole lot of people that do their best to allow timber to be harvested and watersheds to be protected at the same time,” Daniel Bowker said.

A motion was filed to stop the logging, but after the UK Senate voted not to support the motion.

UK officials say plans will move forward to log in the not-so-distant future.

Some people, like Susan Marshall, would like to know a little more details about their plans first.

“I don’t have anything against them logging it, I just don't want them coming down in front of my house on this here road. It's a narrow road and we got school kids on it, we got school buses on it,” Marshall said.

UK officials say they will research the effects of the logging on the watershed project.

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