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Overrun national forests prompt action from US Congress

Pine Beetles
Posted at 10:39 AM, Jun 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-20 12:39:35-04

DENVER (AP) — It's become commonplace for counties in Colorado's high country to spend their own tax dollars to help manage national forests because the U.S. Forest Service is understaffed.

Meanwhile, Colorado's ski areas spend about $25 million a year in fees to the federal treasury in exchange for being on federal land, and only a small fraction returns to those forests for management.

The Denver Post reports the Ski Hill Resources for Economic Development Act, or SHRED Act, was recently introduced in Congress and would allow forests that bring in large amounts of ski fees to allocate some of that money for staffing.