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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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Woodmoor residents - wildfire mitigation Fed. tax deduction

Property owners may subtract from federal taxable income 50% of the costs incurred in performing wildfire mitigation measures as long as they meet certain criteria, including living within a wildland urban interface and performing mitigation according to a community wildfire protection plan (CWPP).

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Udall aims to stiffen fines for damage to public lands

For those who do damage to public lands, federal lawmakers are working to ensure the punishment fits the crime. U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. John Salazar introduced legislation in Congress last week that would significantly increase fines and jail time for illegal or reckless activities that damage Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management land. Public lands agencies have been struggling to keep up with damage caused by careless and reckless users, according to a statement issued by the two Colorado lawmakers.

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Feds announce $40 million to battle bark beetles

DENVER — The U.S. Forest Service will funnel an additional $40 million to Rocky Mountain states where a tiny bug has killed more than 2 million acres of pine trees in what has been called one of the West's biggest natural disasters.

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Senator sponsors bill to attack pine beetles

DENVER -- The insect infestation that has killed millions of pine trees is one of the West's "biggest natural disasters," says U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, sponsor of a bill to give forest managers more ways to respond to the outbreak.
   The Colorado Democrat said Monday that the bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, would allow the U.S. Forest Service to identify high-priority areas and expedite analysis of proposed treatments.

Unprecedented forest management eyed in the valley

The U.S. Forest Service wants to burn and mulch the forest surrounding the Roaring Fork basin at an unprecedented level over the next five years to restore wildlife habitat described by officials as being in “horrible” condition. The White River National Forest supervisor's office in Glenwood Springs is considering prescribed burns, mechanical treatment with heavy machinery or a combination of the two on about 57,000 acres.

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Udall beetle-kill meeting canceled by bitter Republicans

Republicans angered over the passage of health care legislation Sunday have blocked a hearing scheduled by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall for this afternoon on how to protect Colorado cities and towns from the hazards of the beetle infestation that has ravaged millions of acres of lodge pole pine tress here.

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Warmer climate could suppress CO2 uptake by trees

Washington DC: A new study by scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder, US, has determined that as the climate warms and growing seasons lengthen, subalpine forests are likely to soak up less carbon dioxide (CO2).

Aerial survey shows pine beetle toll in Yellowstone

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A beetle epidemic that’s killing trees across the Rocky Mountain region has taken an especially heavy toll on whitebark pine trees in the Yellowstone ecosystem, according to preliminary findings of a recent aerial survey.

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Federal dollars could prime Colorado water projects

Colorado water projects are in line to receive at least $67 million in federal stimulus money, funds that could help ease water woes from small towns to big cities and create jobs.
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