Caught between beetle, hard spot in economy

A worker sorts different sizes of wood at the Intermountain Resources mill in Montrose in early February. Most lumber produced at the mill comes from dead trees killed by the pine beetle infestation in Colorado.



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A worker sorts different sizes of wood at the Intermountain Resources mill in Montrose in early February. Most lumber produced at the mill comes from dead trees killed by the pine beetle infestation in Colorado.

Beetles are battering Colorado’s forests, but the battle on the bugs also is bolstering the region’s lumber industry, at least for a while. Federal officials earlier this month…




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