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Forest Service approves logging in Pisgah Forest

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says it will allow logging on about 430 acres of the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina.

The forest service also said it will use herbicides thin another 350 acres.

District Ranger Derek Ibarguen on Wednesday agreed to allow logging in the Courthouse Creek area of the forest over a three- to five-year period.

Conservation groups opposed logging in the area.

Some hunters said they wanted young, shrubby undergrowth for game species. Other people raised concerns about the impact of logging on views, cultural resources, recreation, streams and older forests.

They have 45 days to appeal.

Ibarguen said the logging is designed to increase habitat diversity with patches of young growth mixed with more mature timber.

Logging could begin as early as 2015.

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