Colorado

Aug 6, 2010 8:23 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Beetle mitigation projects under way in Colorado

Gov. Bill Ritter says the U.S. Forest Service is undertaking projects in the Routt, White River, and Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests to mitigate dangers from trees killed by pine beetles, but help from the private sector is still needed.

Ritter and Colorado's senators spoke with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday about what's being done to address 2 million acres of pine trees killed by beetles.

The Forest Service is funneling $40 million more to Rocky Mountain states to help clear dead trees that could topple onto roads, trails, recreation areas and watershed areas, with Colorado receiving about $30 million of that. Ritter also said he hopes for federal involvement in helping the state convert biomass to fuel.

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