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To Protect Breitenbush From Wildfire, Officials Cut Old-Growth Forest Trail


This undated photo shows the Emerald Forest Loop trail that was cut to protect the Breitenbush area from nearby wildfires.

This undated photo shows the Emerald Forest Loop trail that was cut to protect the Breitenbush area from nearby wildfires.

Courtesy of Michael Donnelly

For some, it was the obvious step to safeguard a community from wildfire.

To others, it was an unnecessary encroachment that marred a pathway through virgin forest.

The result, all agree, is ugly. A trail that once traveled through the never-before-logged forest is now home to stumps from an effort designed to stop flames from spreading. 

The question is whether cutting trees and snags along two miles of the Emerald Forest Trail system, to protect the Breitenbush area from wildfire, was necessary.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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