County gets OK to thin Camp Bonneville forest

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Clark County’s forest plan for Camp Bonneville has been certified by two organizations.

The Forest Stewardship Council and American Tree Farm System’s Sustainable Forest Initiative both signed off on the county’s plan to use selective thinning to create a healthier environment for the trees and reduce fire danger, Jim Vandling, county forester, wrote in a press release issued Wednesday.

Proceeds will be used for forest management at Camp Bonneville and road maintenance.

Homeowners near the 3,480-acre property have voiced concerns about the threat of fire.

Last year, the county assumed full ownership of Camp Bonneville, a former military post the U.S. Army used for training from 1909 to 1995. The Army has agreed to continue paying for locating and removing munitions and cleaning lead-contaminated soil.