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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.
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