King Fire restoration plan in the works
BRIAN BURKS, operator with CTL Forest Management Inc., walks along timber he was clearing on private property in the King Fire burn area. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
While still in the draft stage, a plan to restore the area burned by the King Fire is drawing both support and criticism, with the U.S. Forest Service stuck in the middle.
Last year's conflagration burned almost 98,000 acres, 63,000 of it in the Eldorado National Forest.
According to a restoration plan being circulated for comment, only 14,100 of the 63,000 acres will receive some kind of treatment, including salvage logging and the replanting of trees.
Laurence Crabtree, who is supervisor of the Eldorado National Forest, said so far the public feedback is mixed with some advocating for more timber harvesting while ... Continue Reading