More beetle-killed trees cut in east White River

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - White River National Forest officials say they've had to remove more beetle-killed trees from the east side of the forest than the west.

Jan Burke, forest health coordinator for the White River, says a half-dozen campgrounds near Dillon Reservoir in the east part have been clear-cut to remove the trees because of the danger of their toppling in high winds or fueling wildfires.

Burke says the west part of the forest, including the Roaring Fork Valley between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, has fewer beetle-prone Lodgepole Pines and hasn't required as much clearing.

The Forest Service estimates the beetle epidemic has afflicted about 2 million acres in Colorado, turning entire mountainsides rusty brown as trees die.

The White River covers 2.3 million acres or about 3,600 square miles.

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