The U.S. Forest Service, on January 14, 2014, announced that the Black Hills will recieve $1.5 million in order to help further battle the mountain pine beetle through additional timber harvesting, MyTown reports.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., states that the funding came in part by the October 19 letter he and other congressional members of the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region wrote. The letter asked to reallocate existing funds in order to focus on mountain pine beetle control efforts.
The Black Hills National Forest recieves over 3 million visitors each year. Because the mountain pine beetle has severely altered the landscapes of many parts of the Black Hills, it has been designated as "public enemy number one". The mountain pine beetles have killed healthy trees and increased the chance of forest fires.
For more information about the mountain pine beetle in the Black Hills, visit the Black Hills National Forest website. To find out more about how the Black Hills is fighting the mountain pine beetle epidemic and how you can help, visit Beat the Beetles.com