Cash-strapped Luzerne County Considers Logging
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP – Luzerne County officials said they are looking into the possibility of logging on hundreds of acres of county-owned property to help raise revenue.
The county is looking for proposals from “professional consulting forestry services” to help determine if logging hundreds of acres at Moon Lake Park could provide a cash flow to Luzerne County, which is in hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.
While fishing for trout at Moon Lake with his son, Paul Caprari told Newswatch 16 that he is against the idea.
“I would totally be against something like that to be honest with you,” said Caprari. “I think they should look at other venues to be honest with you, instead of disturbing natural surroundings.”
Other people said they wouldn’t mind logging, as long as the money is returned to the park.
“It’s like a hidden treasure. You know, you have serenity here, you have scenery, you have wildlife, you have people enjoying themselves,” said Mike Ruzicki. “I think it should be preserved.”
Luzerne County councilman Ed Brominski told Newswatch 16 that he supports the idea of selective logging on county-owned land, to provide an ongoing stream of revenue.
Officials said the proposal of logging county-owned land is in the early stages, and there are no immediate plans of timbering.