Shoshone Forest Plans To Log Dead Trees

Cody, WY – Shoshone National Forest officials want to allow logging on 390 acres along the North Fork of the Shoshone River. The also propose prescribed burning on a thousand acres to reduce the threat of wildfire in bettle-killed timber. Bark beetles have killed vast numbers of trees along the river corridor between Cody and Yellowstone National Park. Wapiti District Ranger Dave Myers says it's too late to save the forest from the beetles. But he says forest managers hope to at least reduce the valley's vulnerability to a rapidly spreading fire. The valley has 68 summer homes and cabins, 12 lodges, a boy scout camp, the Sleeping Giant Ski Area and nine campgrounds.