Proposed clearcutting in Jellico Mountains could have serious negative consequences

By: Trevor Sherman, The News Journal

I have found myself doing a fair amount of research in recent days after attending last week’s Corbin Rotary Club meeting at David’s Steakhouse. The special guest speakers were Debbie Moses, and Timm and Theresa Martin, who were there to speak about the ongoing efforts to convince the U.S. Forest Service not to clearcut a roughly 5,000-acre piece of land that is located in the Jellico Mountains section of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Moses, who owns a large piece of land in the general vicinity of the proposed logging project, really got my attention with some of what she had to say. For example, she said that she had attended the town hall meeting, and had asked officials specifically about the tolerance for runoff and the increased sediment load that would inevitably hit nearby streams as a result of this job. Apparently, she was told that information was not available, or that it was still inconclusive.

“That is like the tail wagging the dog,” Moses commented during her presentation to the Rotary Club. “You have to know what your tolerance is going to be before you move forward, and if it’s too high, you have to make changes to your plans. They seem to be doing things backwards.”

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