State Forester Praises Sen. Barrasso's Bill

Laramie, WY – The state forester says he's happy with Senator John Barrasso's bill that encourages cooperation between Wyoming and the US Forest Service.

Forester Bill Crapser says the bill would allow Wyoming's Forestry Division to do work on forest service land, such as thinning forests to reduce fire danger or treating trees to prevent pine-beetle infestation.

"We have some examples all over the state where we've done work on state land or private land and haven't been able to complete the project on federal land because of either their budgets or them not being able to put up a project in a timely manner."

Crapser says Colorado has a similar agreement with the federal government, and has been able to accomplish important forest work because of it.