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Oct 8, 2010 8:27 AM by Associated Press

Timber mill seen as key to tackling beetle woes

Colorado natural resource managers are joining forces to urge federal support to keep a financially struggling timber mill going so there's a place to take beetle-infested trees that are cut down.

Trees are being logged in Colorado to blunt the effects of a bark-beetle outbreak that has killed more than 3 million acres of trees in the region.

Colorado Department of Natural Resources Director Mike King tells the Montrose Daily Press that the state must dispose of the trees and a western Colorado timber mill is the only one in the area with the capacity.

The Intermountain Resources mill in Montrose reopened in June after going into receivership in May. The receiver, Denver-based Cordes & Co., is running the mill, but at a low capacity.

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