- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Ochoco National Forest officials will move forward with a plan to thin and then replant trees around Walton Lake.

The Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/0yoWIV ) that forest officials said Tuesday that they are proceeding with the plan despite complaints.

In all, the project covers 176 acres surrounding the lake east of Prineville. The lake is one of the busiest recreation sites in the Ochoco National forest. Thinning is set for next winter.

Environmental groups criticized the plan in June, saying they were concerned about the size of some of the trees set to be cut.

District Ranger Slater Turner says the thinning will improve forest health and decrease public safety risk posed by diseased trees.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com


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