Wis. officials start work on timber clearing plan
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Plans for removing hundreds of thousands of
downed trees in far northwestern Wisconsin are taking shape.
Department of Natural Resources Chief Forester Paul DeLong says
the state has adopted a multi-pronged approach.
One part of the plan calls for using the National Guard to clear
Another calls for talking with federal environmental protection
officials about relaxing air emission permits for manufacturers to
allow them to use more pine in their products and expediting water
permits for loggers so they can quickly build bridges and fords to
reach downed timber.
A series of powerful storms in July toppled trees over more than
130,000 acres across five counties. The state estimates the storms
left about 2 million cords of wood on the ground, equivalent to a
year’s worth of logging.
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