Colorado

Feb 5, 2010 9:51 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

More pine trees coming down in Summit County

Federal foresters are expanding logging of trees killed by pine beetles in Summit County.

The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday it will cut trees on an additional 1,100 acres of White River National Forest in northern Summit County. Last month the Forest Service said another 4,000 acres would be cleared.

Foresters are trying to remove dead pines near human development to reduce fire risk. Forest Service officials estimate that up to 90 percent of mature lodgepole pine in northern Colorado will die within the next three to five years.

The logging should begin next summer.

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