Colo. forum focuses on bark beetle outbreak |

Colo. forum focuses on bark beetle outbreak

DILLON, Colo. (AP) – Gov. Bill Ritter is gathering state and local officials and others at a summit to explore ways to deal with Colorado’s bark-beetle epidemic.

The conference Monday at the Keystone ski resort will include updates on the extent of damage to Colorado’s forests and efforts by the U.S. Forest Service to manage the problem.

The beetle infestation has killed more than 3 million acres of trees in Colorado and southeastern Wyoming.

Last year, the Forest Service approved $40 million for the outbreak in Colorado, Wyoming and the Black Hills in western South Dakota. About $30 million is going to projects in three national forests in Colorado hit hard by the bug that burrows under the bark.

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