Sep 22, 2010 8:56 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Beetle-infested trees removed in Colorado

The U.S. Forest Service has begun cutting down beetle-infested trees in the Silverthorne area.

Crews with chain saws moved into the area Monday and Forest Service officials say the work will continue indefinitely depending on firefighters' availability.

The tiny beetles that burrow under the bark of pine trees have killed more than 3.5 million acres of trees in Colorado and southeastern Wyoming.

The work is part of the White River National Forest Hazardous Tree Removal plan.


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