Forest Service seeks more funds after using $40 million to fight bark beetles

Federal overseers of Rocky Mountain forests said Monday that they've spent $40 million in emergency funds sent from Washington, D.C., to deal with the bark beetles that have ravaged more than 3.6 million acres. But much of this selective tree-removal work — aimed at reducing wildfire risks around towns, power lines and reservoirs — has yet to be done. And regional Forest Service officials now are seeking additional funding for aggressive tree removal next year.

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