Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

September 19, 2012

Meade County, Forest Service Team Up to Fight Pine Beetle

The Northern Hills Ranger District and Meade County have signed an agreement to fight the mountain pine beetle epidemic on Forest Service land.

This aerial view shows orange Ponderosa pine trees that have been killed by the mountain pine beetle in the Black Hills. (Black Hills National Forest image)
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Black Hills National Forest

Meade County will spend about $90,000 to fight the mountain pine beetle on Black Hills National Forest land this year, the Black Hills Pioneer reports.

Under a signed agreement between the county and the Forest Service, four sawyers are cutting between 60 and 80 trees per day. Using the "cut and chunk" method, crews cut the trees into short chunks and leave the wood to dry, which kills the beetles.


Learn more about the Black Hills National Forest Service's Mountain Pine Beetle Response Project at the agency's website.

Donate to help the Meade County effort at the county's The Bug Stops Here web page.



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