September 18, 2014
SONORA, Calif. (AP) - Restoration of forest land scorched by a massive wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park will the main topic at a public forum on Friday in Sonora.
The Fresno Bee reports the forum is sponsored by the Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment, a pro-logging group that has long urged aggressive thinning of dense timber stands to reduce fire risk.
Republican congressman Tom McClintock will deliver a keynote address and experts will lead discussions on restoring public and private forest land as well as the watershed.
The forum begins at 9 a.m. Friday at Mother Lode Fairgrounds.
The Rim fire, sparked Aug. 17, consumed about 400 square miles, and researchers say within that footprint are a solid 60 square miles that burned so intensely that everything is dead.
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