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Nature Center Timber Harvest Part of Managed Forest Project

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Posted at 10:44 AM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 10:44:00-05

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The Sandy Creek Nature Center is taking a big step with a long-term managing forest project to harvest timber in northeast Georgia.

Athens-Clarke County's Leisure Services Department operations administrator Mike Wharton tells The Athens Banner-Herald (http://bit.ly/2loxmuL ) that the project will take about 30 of the nature center's 225 acres. He says it's aimed at creating better wildlife habitat in an effort to sustain forestry on small tracts.

Wharton says the project should be able to generate a few thousand dollars for the nature center from the sale of timber.

The marked trees will be taken down this week in the nature center's northern portion. The operating machines will cut down the trees, trim the limbs and then cut the remaining trunks into lengths that will fit on a logging truck.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

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