Beetle-killed trees pose danger to Colorado power lines
August 21, 2009
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Forest Service says trees killed by pine beetles pose a threat to power lines running through northern Colorado.
Officials are worried the dead trees could topple over, knocking down power lines. They’re proposing cutting down dead and dying trees near power lines in the Medicine Bow-Routt, Arapaho and Roosevelt and the White River national forests.
The Forest Service says there are 800 miles of distribution and transmission lines in the three forests. About half run through lodgepole pine that have been killed by pine beetles or are likely to be.
The agency will hold open houses on the plan next week in Steamboat Springs and Fort Collins. Another will be held Sept. 2 in Silverthorne. People can also submit written comments.