UK Plan To Log 1,000 Acres Faces Growing Opposition

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky's plan to commercially log up to 1,000 acres of a nearly 15,000-acre research forest it owns in Eastern Kentucky is drawing opposition.

At least four environmental groups have started lobbying trustees and UK President Lee Todd to reconsider the plan. The UK Board of trustees approved it in 2004.

Kentucky poet Wendell Berry and horse breeder-banker Tracy Farmer have joined the opposition, which has intensified in its urgency since the school announced logging could begin within 12 months at the site north of Hazard.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 12, 2007 at 07:16 AM
    Kim, Are you serious? Irresponsible to voice objection now? Along that line of reasoning, was it irresponsible for women to voice objection to not being allowed to vote? I mean, our old society spent a lot of time, money and effort prohibiting that. But you know what? I'm kinda glad women kept voicing their objections until they were granted that right...
  • by Erin Location: Lexington on Sep 11, 2007 at 07:40 PM
    We will fight this.
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Sep 11, 2007 at 06:25 PM
    Robinson Forest is in the middle of a hell hole anyways. No one wants to live there, and there's nothing for the people in the area. So if UK wants to cut it down, it'll just be another eyesore for people there to look at.
  • by Kim Location: Lexington, KY on Sep 11, 2007 at 03:10 PM
    UK is interested in RESEARCH. See both sides of the story on the article on courier-journal.com before jumping to conclusions. The process for this project began four years ago and was open to public comment then. Isn't it irresponsible to voice objection now when so much money and resources have already gone into it? There's no way to stop logging, there's too much of our society that depends on it (housing, paper, jobs, expensive furniture) . But UK is trying to study the effects of logging so it can help reduce its detrimental effects on streams. This study could change logging legislation in the whole region and have positive economic effects for the Hazard area. Better to study and perfect a renewable practice like logging than have the land strip mined (as has often been suggested by the KY State House when UK asks for funds). Bottom line: Know all the facts. Don't just make a rush judgment based on a 3-paragraph story.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 11, 2007 at 01:19 PM
    The only thing UK cares about is a dollar bill. Now that's a top twenty collge.
  • by Linda Location: Lexington, KY on Sep 11, 2007 at 07:42 AM
    What is wrong with Lee Todd??Does he need more money to live in the lap of luxury. I can only assume we are talking about Robinson Forest. I fought to save the forest in the 80's and will continue to fight to save the forest
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 11, 2007 at 06:15 AM
    Will this make UK a Top 20 School? Top 20 anti-environment, that is?

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