Guest column: Saving western states from pine beetles

The pine beetle is wreaking havoc across western forests, and Congressional action is overdue. Over the past decade, upwards of 4 million acres in Colorado and Southern Wyoming have been transformed from a verdant, green, majestic landscape to one that is stained red with dead trees. Beetle-kill trees provide fuel for wildfires that threaten lives and livelihoods - a thought that is even more alarming as fire season grows near. Within this region, 100,000 trees are falling every day Congress fails to act -- a rate of 1 million trees every ten days. These falling trees endanger hikers and campers, but there is a way to fight back.

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