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Eagle County commissioner talks beetles with federal officials

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Eagle County Commissioner Peter Runyon and several other members of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments spent three days at the end of February in Washington D.C. trying to get support to fight the impact of bark beetles on the state.

The group met with several federal legislators including Sen. Mark Udall and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, both of Colorado. By the end of the trip, all nine members of the Colorado congressional delegation signed a letter “urging each agency to do what they can to help us address the serious bark beetle infestation affecting our forests in Colorado ” an infestation that impacts the state’s economy, environment and water supplies.”

“We met for over an hour, which is unheard of in Washington, where time is so precious,” said Gary Severson, executive director of the government council. “This really shows the importance of this issue to Colorado. Senator Udall made it clear that the Colorado Congressional Delegation is 100% unified on this issue, which is huge” stated Gary Severson.

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