Beetle-killed trees could close forests in Colorado
Associated Press Writer
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A top U.S. Forest Service official says he might have to close off national forests in Wyoming and Colorado unless more work is done quickly to cut down trees killed by bark beetles.
Regional Forester Rick Cables told congressmen Tuesday he expects 100,000 trees a day to fall in the forests of Colorado and southern Wyoming over the next 10 years. That’s a safety concern as well as a challenge for keeping roads and trails clear.
Cables testified about the beetle epidemic as the U.S. House Agriculture Committee held a field hearing in Cheyenne.
The Forest Service last year allocated $40 million to clear some of the 3.6 million acres of beetle-killed forest in Colorado and Wyoming. Cables says more funding is needed.