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Republicans shift strategy in effort to increase logging

Zinke bill part of the mix

KEVIN FREKING

Associated Press

WASHINGTON— Drought has killed about 12 million trees in California’s national forests. In the Rocky Mountain region, an epidemic of pine beetles has damaged trees over a stretch of 32 million acres including in Montana. Altogether, up to 40 percent of the entire national forest system is in need of treatment to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and disease.

As the national forests suffer from drought, density and infestation, House Republicans — including Montana’s freshman Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke — are resurrecting efforts to thin mo...

 

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