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Clear-cutting in Chatham County is rapidly bringing down forests and woodlots. The technique allows trees to be cut, then ground into wood chips on the spot using one of the eighteen modular chip mills operating around the state. New markets, land for development, and farmers needing extra cash are factors supporting clear-cutting. Opponents argue that mobile chip mills make clear-cutting easier and are seeking to halt new chip mill construction until their effect on soil, wildlife, and water quality can be determined.