As crews continue to face off against a fast-moving wildfire in northern Colorado, some in the timber industry say the area’s fire danger has been heightened by U.S. Forest Service policies and an economy that discourages them from harvesting millions of acres of dead trees that stand ready to burn.
Chips of tree bark scattered like sawdust in the chilly wind west of Fort Collins as men with ropes and spiked shoes scurried up 50 feet of tree trunks in a matter of seconds.
The U.S. Forest Service is offering to renegotiate timber sale contracts in an effort to save sawmills in the Rocky Mountain region that have been hit hard by bark beetle infestations.
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