CO, USA — Healthy forests and containing a plague like pest were the purpose of hearing held by Senator Wayne Allard Monday in Eagle. The hearing addressed the growing bark beetle epidemic ,and forests already devastated, he concern was where do we go from here?
Allard received official testimony from representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, local governments and the private sector working to address the bark beetle crisis. Topics addressed were areas prioritized for treatment and future fire control of dead and dying forest in order to protect lives and property.
Said Allard, “what is it that we can prevent soil erosion if the forest should happen to burn? What is it that we can do to the forest fire from topping out and becoming a dangerous fire? What is it that can be done to then encourage new growth to come in behind the dead trees?”
Allard also mentioned bringing back cut funding for the Forest Service’s “forest health” programs for western states as that funding was cut by president Bush last year.