Boon or bust?

In the backwoods of the Roosevelt National Forest in northern Larimer County, woods boss Jerry Heggie has barely introduced himself before he starts hauling the U.S. Forest Service over the coals.

“It’s a challenge to do any logging anywhere, especially with the Forest Service,” said Heggie, of Laramie, Wyo.-based Heggie Logging. “Nine out of 10 forests don’t even have a timber program.”

Heggie’s frustrations are deep-rooted, but the past few years have been especially maddening for the third-generation logger. In response to what Heggie considers a bungled response to the mountain pine beetle epidemic, what may once have been irritation is now full-blown contempt.