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Beetle infestation mars Christmas tree cutting in White River National Forest

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) – A beetle infestation in the Colorado mountains has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to cancel Christmas tree cutting in parts of the White River National Forest this year.

The Dillon Ranger District announced this week that it won’t issue tree-cutting permits for the 2010 holidays.

The Forest Service cited safety fears because of how many trees are dying from pine beetles. The Dillon Ranger District in Summit County has been especially hard hit by the epidemic.

Christmas tree cutting will still be allowed in other parts of the White River National Forest and in nearby forests. Those include the Pike/San Isabel National Forest, the Arapahoe/Roosevelt National Forest and the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.

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