Local groups work to clear thousands of trees downed by spruce beetle

Photo courtesy Bob Milford
Prior to work being done, trail crew members assess one of thousands of trees that have fallen over Pagosa Springs area trails. A cross-cut saw lays against the tree in the foreground.

By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
About 15,000 dead, fallen trees are blocking access to trails in the Pagosa Springs area, and local organizations need additional funding and volunteers to clear the damage caused by the spruce beetle.

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Photo courtesy Bob Milford
After clearing the downed tree and restoring access to the trail, members of the trail crew continue work to remove dead trees killed by the spruce beetle.