Home » News » Public Safety
2 Pisgah Council members resign to protest logging
Both women said they plan to continue to seek ways to stop the logging of the 13,000-acre park that sits in Chesterfield, Winchester and Hinsdale.
Council Treasurer John Hudachek said the council has opposed the logging activity for many years, but caught the ire of state officials about a year ago when the council asked the National Park Service to weigh in on the issue.
In May, the National Park Service sided with DRED, stating in a letter that when federal funds were granted to the state in the late 1960s to purchase the land, documents recognized the need for forest management work and that the current logging is within that intent.
Desmarais has overseen the land for 28 years and said the forest management plan was created to serve the recreation goals of the park.
"The state routinely uses harvesting as a way of meeting recreation goals," Desmarais said. "There are just some people that don't want to see harvesting in the park."
The plan states that a 5,000-acre section is to remain untouched because it has old growth and serves as a recreation spot for people who want to experience that type of forest, Desmarais said.
Cutting will only take place every other year and will create habitat for wildlife that don't thrive in the deep, dark forest under heavy canopy, he said. Especially for migratory birds that winter in South America, Desmarais said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Calling All Turkey Watchers – Winter Survey Ends March 31 - 0
- Hooksett school bus to Pinkerton: Prepare for 6 a.m. pickup - 0
- Slopeside with Kathleen Baglio Humphreys: Ski area groomers work all night to make the trails their best - 0
- Fremont's Miss 1964 to pass on her crown - 0
- Mont Vernon man survives latest 'American Idol' cut - 0
- Superintendent named for SAU 19 - 0
- Air Refueling Wing members rally to help comrade's family - 0
- Snodeo offers a peek at latest snowmobile models - 0
- Anne Frank play planned - 0
Fremont's Miss 1964 to pass on her crown
Slopeside with Kathleen Baglio Humphreys: Ski area groomers work all night to make the trails their best
Win tickets to see Brit Floyd
Superintendent named for SAU 19
Win tickets to see Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
Bad Joe: Levasseur stalls again
House says no to bill to reduce NH meals tax
Good Joe: Kenney for Executive Council