Report: ailing Colorado forests need help |

Report: ailing Colorado forests need help

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” A new state report says many of Colorado forests are ailing and need to be more actively managed to protect the watersheds, wildlife habitat and other benefits they offer.

The Colorado State Forest Service released the report Wednesday.

It echoes concerns raised by federal forest mangers: the effects of climate change, drought, insect infestations, decades of fire suppression and challenges from increasing development in forests.

The report’s recommendations include cutting trees and prescribed burns to prevent catastrophic wildfires and help create more diverse forests.

About 1.5 million acres of lodgepole pines in northern Colorado have been killed by bark beetles and more than 300,000 acres of aspens are dying, or in decline.

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