Proposed 74,000-acre Hams Fork Vegetation project in beetle-infested area of Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest concerns environmentalists; activities including timber salvage, construction of new road, spark fears of intrusion into roadless areas

JACKSON, Wyoming , June 28, 2013 () –

Conservation groups concerned about proposed 74,000-acre logging project in Lincoln County

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Conservation groups are expressing concern about a proposed 74,000-acre logging and restoration project in the southern Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming.

The U.S. Forest Service is wrapping up public comment on the Hams Fork Vegetation Project in Lincoln County, about 65 miles south of Jackson. It would include timber salvage, clear-cuts, commercial thinning and four miles of new road.

The area is 80 percent forested and has been ravaged by mountain pine beetles.

The Wyoming Wilderness Association and Western Watersheds are worried about potential intrusion into roadless areas.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (http://bit.ly/19uYXPL ) that if the plan is approved the project could begin work this summer.

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