Bill to Combat Effects of Rocky Mountain Bark Beetle

Congress is looking at a bill to help those effected by the Rocky Mountain bark beetle, which has killed millions of lodgepole pine trees. The National Forest Insect and Disease Emergency Act would be aimed at companies that harvest the dead material for biofuel, offering tax and other incentives. This bill would help those trying […]

Congress is looking at a bill to help those effected by the Rocky Mountain bark beetle, which has killed millions of lodgepole pine trees. The National Forest Insect and Disease Emergency Act would be aimed at companies that harvest the dead material for biofuel, offering tax and other incentives.

This bill would help those trying to cope with the outbreak and the current rules in place which control timber sales and thinning efforts; the concern is that the excess of dead material creates a dangerous wild fire risk. The bill would allow the naming of “insect emergency areas,” where the issue could be addressed more quickly than with the current system.

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