U.S. Forest Service officials have recently declared an end to the 20-year pine beetle infestation in the Black Hills, but plans are moving forward with how to prevent future pine beetle epidemics from lasting as long. The Rapid City Journal reports that if approved, the plan currently being formulated, called the Black Hills Resilient Landscapes Project, will seek to make the forest more resilient and better able to handle the beetles whenever the next wave of infestation strikes the Hills. The plan will include removing some dead trees, cutting encroaching pines out of aspen and oak stands and away from grassy meadows, culling some old or young pines to encourage a healthier mix of tree ages, and other steps.
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