Colo. getting $30 million for bark-beetle epidemic |

Colo. getting $30 million for bark-beetle epidemic

This July, 2007 photo provided by the Colorado State Forest Service shows pine trees killed by beetles are shown in their rusty red color near Granby, Colo. In a report released on Friday, Jan.22, 2010, the U.S. Forest Service say that the tree-killing beetles have infested another 500,000 acres of pine trees in Colorado and southern Wyoming, boosting the total outbreak to 3.6 million acres in the region. (AP Photo/Colorado State Forest Service,Jen Chase)
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DENVER – U.S. Forest Service officials in Colorado are getting $30 million to deal with the aftermath of the bark-beetle epidemic that have killed about 3.6 million pine trees in the state and southern Wyoming.

U.S. Democratic Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet said Monday the funds are a sign federal officials recognize how severe the bark-beetle problem has become since the infestation started more than a decade ago. Udall calls it “one of the West’s biggest natural disasters.”

The funding Colorado is getting is part of $40 million that federal officials have allocated to deal with the infestation. Wyoming will receive $8 million, and South Dakota $2 million.

Udall says he wants the money to address wildfire threats, erosion on waterways, and safety risks associated with falling trees.

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