Plan announced to fight Black Hills pine beetles

Pine beetles, which can kill trees, are a major problem right now in the Black Hills. The U.S. Forest Service recently announced a plan to attack the pests, but it’s drawing some criticism for being too late.

Here’s an excerpt of the Rapid City Journal’s coverage of the plan announcement:

U.S. Forest Service plans to cut down and burn trees in the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve to battle pine beetles are drawing generally good reviews, with one exception: action won’t come in time to beat the beetle flight this summer.

Hell Canyon District Ranger Lynn Kolund decided Saturday to treat 6,000 acres in the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve to protect game animal and bird habitat from the effects of a spreading mountain pine beetle infestation.

However, delays in the decision-making process over the past year mean the forest service won’t meet its original goal of starting work before this summer’s pine beetle flight. Pine beetles fly each summer from infected trees to attack neighboring trees.

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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