Senator Ken Salazar talks today about a variety of issues affecting the Western Slope of Colorado, including managing increased fire danger in the forests of the state. Salazar says something has to be done with the more than one and a half million acres of forest dying of bark beetle infestations to reduce fire danger.
Using illustrations to make his point, the senator said he was working with other members of congress to direct the U.S. Forest Service to thin areas of fire–prone forests, especially those in urban areas. He also proposed a program of small–scale thinning of affected forests.
Salazar earlier made a visit to the Veteran's Administration Hospital where he visited with patients and met with administrators. A member of the senate Veteran's Affairs Committee, Salazar says he is working to improve veteran's care in Western Colorado by bringing a community aid center to one of the other communities in the Northwestern part of the state.