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Complaints of Clear Cutting at Natchez Trace Circulate

The process of restoring the forest at Natchez Trace State Park is expected to take years. The state will start a program to attempt to eradicate kudzu in its next step in the reforestation.
Photo by Steve Corlew / The Lexington Progress

Article by Steve Corlew-

The Tennessee State Parks and Forestry Division have responded to complaints of clear cutting at Natchez Trace State Park saying it is all part of the efforts to revitalize the area.

It could take several years for the park to recover from the December 2021 tornado but the work that is ongoing is aimed at preventing damage to area creeks and streams, preventing fires, and slow down the invasive kudzu growth, according to Adam Ziegenbein state forest supervisor.

Ziegenbein pointed out that there are already signs of recovery. In an area he cruised recently there were 900 hardwood trees per acre beginning to grow.

Kudzu, which is an invasive plant that was used to control erosion, also prevents the growth of new pine trees.

“We don’t want to plant pine, until we get a handle on the Kudzu,” Ziegenbein said.

The December 10, 2021, storm passed through central Henderson County cutting a…

For complete coverage, see the May 3rd edition of The Lexington Progress.

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