County Concerned over BLM Project

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.– A Bureau of Land Management plan to thin and log on land near Howard Prairie Lake is drawing both praise and criticism from Jackson County Commissioners. It is called the “Howard Forest Management Plan”. It would remove small timber, mostly on the north and east side of the lake, and take several roads out of commission when it’s all done. This would reduce fire fuels and provide timber for lumber. It is not the plan, but the process the BLM used to develop that plan, that seems to most concern county officials. County officials said they have not heard much about the plan until now and needed to be a part of the planning.  Field manager John Gerritsma said he will take the county’s concerns to his managers, and planners will consult with Sheriff Mike Winters over the roads proposed for closure in the area to see if he has any input.