Business leaders and elected officials are meeting to discuss efforts to deal with beetle-killed pine trees in Colorado.
Rich Dziomba, director of nonprofit organization Blue Knight Group, has a vision of turning dead trees from the bark beetle epidemic into biomass projects that would create sustainable energy.
Mountain pine beetles that are devastating forests across the West have been breeding twice a year the last three years, not just once, University of Colorado researchers say.
Colorado Republicans want to eliminate local restrictions they say stifle the sale of beetle-killed timber. But groups representing local governments say there are no such restrictions.
A new study suggests the mountain pine beetle outbreak in the West could trigger earlier snowmelt and increased water yields from snowpack under beetle-killed trees.