Mar 26, 2011 12:36 PM by AP posted by James H Egbert

Sen. Udall seeks money for bark beetle mitigation

DENVER (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is urging federal officials to fund efforts to mitigate the effects of bark beetles in Colorado and other Western states.

Bark beetles have killed 4 million acres of forests in Colorado and Wyoming, and Udall says he's growing more concerned about the possibility of a wildfire igniting beetle-killed trees.

In October, the Colorado Democrat and senators from other Western states asked the federal government to redirect $49 million in unspent money to remove beetle-killed trees. That request hasn't been acted on yet.

On Friday, Udall sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell asking for an accounting of Forest Service funds for fire suppression and also funds that may be redirected for beetle mitigation.

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