uwaga 8 years, 3 months ago on Tree hunting near home

This is one of the most ridiculous things I have heard the US Forest Service come up with yet. In the midst of a pine beetle outbreak that by some estimates will take upwards of 90% of mature growth forests in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests why are they issuing permits to cut the only trees that may survive? This paper has an excellent series on the outbreak (The Last Stand) that details the issues perhaps the USFS needs to read it as they evidently don't know what is going on. And just why do I need five Christmas Trees anyway? I'll be using an artificial tree this year, and though I'll miss the smell of a real tree I can always step outside and smell the dying ones in the forest from by back porch.