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Avalanche debris in Colorado's high country could attract beetle threat

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 12:54:27-04

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Avalanche debris in Colorado's high country could provide fresh breeding grounds for forest-destroying bark beetles.

But one U.S. Forest Service supervisor says there's little the agency can do to mitigate the threat.

Scott Fitzwilliams is supervisor of the White National Forest.

He tells The Aspen Times that downed spruce can be a perfect breeding ground for spruce beetles.

Heavy snowpack unleashed a series of avalanches over the winter that downed spruce and aspen trees in numerous areas.