2009-11-18

State forester, Schweitzer look to put pine beetle in Western governors' sights

There's no magic pill in State Forester Bob Harrington's office to cure Montana's mountain pine beetle infestation, but there might be a political one.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer asked for such a fix during his Missoula visit on Tuesday. Harrington came up empty in the magic department, but did have plans for getting the little beetle on the radar of the Western Governors Association, which Schweitzer chairs. Part of that, the pair agreed, is expanding understanding of the problem.

"It's like the war in Afghanistan," Schweitzer said. "What's the definition of winning? Where does it end?"