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New Mexico forest project sparks ire of environmentalists

New Mexico forest project sparks ire of environmentalists

The Associated Press
May 14, 2019 12:23 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Environmentalists say the U.S. government must go back to the drawing board or risk violating federal laws if it moves ahead with a plan to restore portions of a national forest in southern New Mexico.

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The proposed project would cover more than 218 square miles (600 square kilometers) in the Sacramento Mountains over the next decade or two.

A combination of prescribed fire, thinning and herbicides would be used to create healthier stands of trees and reduce the wildfire threat. Environmental groups sent a letter to forest officials Monday, asking that a revised study be done.

They have concerns about the effects on Mexican spotted owls and other wildlife. Officials said in a draft environmental review released earlier this year that the work would have benefits over the long term.

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