Senate denies Udall’s bark beetle funding

New federal funding to combat bark beetles isn't on the way after all. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., announced Wednesday that senators would send $50 million for the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service to remove dangerous, dead trees near campgrounds and reservoirs. However, the amendment by Udall and other Western senators did not make it into the final version of an emergency funding bill for the military and disaster relief. "Anyone driving west on I-70 understands the seriousness of this problem, and I'm disappointed this amendment failed to be included in this bill, especially now with fire season around the corner," Udall said in a prepared statement Friday. Udall said he would keep seeking additional funding for the beetle threat.

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