2010-01-16

$20 million in federal money for forests

Montana forests managers got a $20 million boost Friday from the federal government to address the mountain pine beetle epidemic and general forest health.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is allocating $20 million to Montana for forest management and conservation programs.

It’s part of the same program under which last month the USDA said it was earmarking $40 million for Forest Service Region 2, where beetles have killed more than 2 million acres of pine trees in Colorado and Wyoming. Last week, the federal agency said it would spend an additional $14 million on damaged Idaho forests where the bark beetles are also boring into trees and killing them.