House gets another crack at measure
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service is one step closer to getting a funding boost for bark beetle mitigation, as a 2012 Farm Bill amendment offered by Sen. Mark Udall and Sen. Michael Bennet passed the Senate Wednesday.
The amendment would double the proposed budget for beetle-related forest work from $100 million to $200 million. The full budget bill still has to pass the Senate, then heads back to the House.
Along with funding, Udall and Bennet want to see more public-private sector partnerships developed to address bark-beetle epidemic. Continue reading
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