Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

LANL Plans Major Forest-Thinning Project.

Byline: Jennifer McKee Journal Staff Writer

DOE Will Spend Up to $10 Million

Los Alamos National Laboratory intends to spend up to $10 million over the next three years on the most aggressive forest thinning project in the lab's history.

The lab, which manages some 28,000 acres on and around a maze of mesas abutting the Jemez Mountains, will thin out about 10,000 acres of ponderosa pines and pinon juniper stands, according to Pat Velario, a forest ecologist at the lab. The project will employ about 2,000 people, he said, and should begin this spring.

Lab ecologists had worked up a thinning plan last spring, Velario said. That plan outlined both forest thinning and clearing around buildings. …

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