The U.S. Forest Service is accepting public comments on a "salvage logging" project within the 402-square-mile area burned by last year's Rim Fire.
The operation would produce up to 47 million board feet of commercial lumber - enough to build roughly 3,000 average single-family homes.
Burned or felled trees deemed hazardous to public safety would be removed by contractors alongside nearly 200 miles of high use roads and 1,300 acres of land in the Stanislaus National Forest adjacent to private property, developed campgrounds, recreational areas and power lines.
The estimated value of all the logged timber is more than $2 million.
Timber sales to remove the hazard trees would be packaged at an average value of $50 per 1,000 board feet. The project would create roughly 800 direct jobs in timber harvesting and mills, according to an Environmental Assessment report outlining the project.
For the full story, see the March 13 edition of The Union Democrat.