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This undated photo provided by the University of Colorado shows a mountain pine beetle fighting through the copious resin production by an attacked lodgepole pine. Centimeters away, orange frass in the pitch proves successful entry of other mountain pine beetles into this tree. (AP Photo/University of Colorado, Michael Wente) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Expedited forest plan calls for more thinning, flexibility in NE Wyoming

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By KEVIN WOSTER Rapid City (S.D.) Journal,writer


Black Hills National Forest officials will rely on streamlined regulations and extensive commercial tree thinning in a new attack plan against the mountain pine beetle aimed at protecting vulnerable areas before the bugs hit.

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