Dixie National Forest officials are contacting the public on two environmentally controversial projects in southern Utah: cutting timber on Boulder Mountain and hunting coyotes by aircraft.

A public meeting on the proposed Noon Timber Sale is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Civic Center in Loa, Wayne County. The timber cutting occurs about 13 miles south of Teasdale, Wayne County, in the forest's Teasdale Ranger District.Forest Supervisor Hugh Thompson said Dixie National Forest wants public comments on a proposal to kill coyotes this winter in selected areas. "The purpose of the project would be to reduce losses of sheep while they are on the forest," he said.

Written comments on the proposal to shoot coyotes from the air should be sent to Thompson at P.O. Box 580, Cedar City, UT 84721-0580. For more information, contact Bob Meinrod at the same address, or call 865-3700.