CEDAR MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Council of State has approved a timber sale in the DuPont State Recreational Forest.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the council of state recently approved the 42-acre sale at the southern end of the nearly 11,000-acre forest, which sits on the Transylvania-Henderson county border.

Ranger Bruce MacDonald, communications director for DuPont Forest, said a lot of white pines were planted at the time DuPont Corp. owned the property in the 1950s and 1960s. He said the trees get old and big and start deteriorating and will be removed.

DuPont State Recreational Forest is managed by the North Carolina Forest Service. The name was changed to include "recreational" several years ago to account for the 600,000 people who visit the forest for its various activities each year.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com