ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service has approved a project to thin 7,600 acres of forestland outside Ashland in an effort to reduce fire risk in the city's watershed and in wooded land near homes.

The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that $2 million in federal stimulus money will be used to help carry out the multiyear project.

A Forest Service spokeswoman says work could start by spring.

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