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.