Thinning Forests to Reduce Wildfire Risk

Conservation group begins selective logging

In this Feb. 22, 2017, photo, a log yarder moves a log into position above a slope where a crew is thinning a 100-acre patch on private land owned by the Nature Conservancy overlooking Cle Elum Lake, in Cle Elum, Wash. As part of a broader plan by the nonprofit environmental group to restore the pine forests of the Central Cascades so they are more resilient to wildfires and climate change, they’re cutting down trees to save the forest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

 

PHUONG LE, Associated Press

CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) — To restore a forest and reduce the risk of severe wildfires, a conservation group is cutting down trees.

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