Opponents Mobilize Against UK Plan To Log Research Forest

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Opponents of the University of Kentucky's three-year-old plan to commercially log part of its research forest in eastern Kentucky are mobilizing.

The school has announced that logging on up to a thousand acres of the nearly 15-thousand-acre forest could begin within 12 months at the site north of Hazard.

At least four environmental groups have started lobbying university president Lee Todd and the trustees to reconsider the plan. The board approved it in 2004.

College of Agriculture Dean Scott Smith says the project will use a selective method that doesn't wipe out all the vegetation.

Smith says the so-called harvest method will leave a low density of trees throughout the harvest area.

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

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