Colorado’s forests are ailing, report says |

Colorado’s forests are ailing, report says

DENVER, Colorado ” A new state report says many Colorado forests are ailing and need to be more actively managed to protect watersheds, wildlife and other benefits they offer.

The Colorado State Forest Service released the report Wednesday. It echoes concerns raised by federal forest mangers about climate change, drought, insect infestations, decades of fire suppression and increasing development.

The report’s recommendations include cutting trees and prescribed burns, aimed at preventing catastrophic fires and helping create more diverse forests.

About 1.5 million acres of lodgepole pines in northern Colorado have been killed by bark beetles and more than 300,000 acres of aspens are dying or in decline.

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