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The corner of County Road 7 and Granite Drive could be spared clear cutting under a directive voted on by the Hubbard County Board Wednesday. Residents asked that some of the trees be spared. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Buffer strip needed? In Hubbard County, a debate about cutting older timber

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The political nature of Hubbard County's forestry policy came to light Wednesday during discussion of a tract proposed for sale at the June timber sale.


Members of the Cool Ridge Resort development on Big Sand Lake came to the county board to implore Land Commissioner Mark Lohmeier to scale back the cutting of a 60-acre tract that runs west of County Road 7 and east of the lake. It contains popple trees 80-90 years old and 90-year-old pines, said Lohmeier.

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