Blunt, Smith Cite Concern Over Controlled Burns
ST. LOUIS - Sen. Roy Blunt and U.S. Rep. Jason Smith are raising concerns that controlled burns in the Mark Twain National Forest are destroying trees that could be used for Missouri's timber industry.
Blunt and Smith, both Republicans, met Monday with Kathleen Atkinson, the eastern regional forester for the U.S. Forest Service.
At issue are controlled burns used by the Forest Service in the expansive national forest that stretches over hundreds of square miles in the southern part of the state.
In a joint news release, Blunt and Smith say workers and businesses rely on the Mark Twain National Forest for timber. Smith says the controlled burns have inadvertently destroyed harvestable timber.
Blunt and Smith urged adoption of a management strategy that protects useable timber from being burned.