CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The federal official in charge of the U.S. Forest Service says it's clear that bark beetles pose a significant challenge to Wyoming forests and that his agency needs to work with the state to address the problem.
Harris Sherman is undersecretary for natural resources and the environment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sherman toured western Wyoming on Tuesday with Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal. They flew over forests ravaged by beetles and visited with local and federal officials about the problem.
Wyoming is pushing for its share of $40 million in addition funding that the Forest Service announced this month it will funnel to Rocky Mountain states where the beetles have killed more than 2 million acres of trees.