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Anyone who has spent any time in the Colorado high country has seen the damage done by mountain pine beetles — vast swaths of formerly green forested hills painted red, or gray, by dying and dead trees. Extensive logging was done in recent years to remove these dead trees from Steamboat Ski Area.

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