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December 28, 2012

USFS Launches New Program to Fight Pine Beetle

Under the 2003 Healthy Forests act, US Forest Service officials can battle the beetle without following EPA regulations, forest official says.

 

The red-orange trees have been killed by pine beetles. This aerial view of Custer Peak was taken in September 2011.
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Black Hills National Forest

The $70 million Mountain Pine Beetle Response Project Plan is designed to target thinning and preventive measures to areas where the beetles are likely to spread, the Black Hills Pioneer reports.

Black Hills National Forest officials unveiled the plan this month, while cooperative projects already underway with state and local governments will continue.

Read the decision, analysis and scoping documents regarding the decision at this Black Hills National Forest webpage. Read the press release announcing the decision. Read Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Craig Bobzein's cover letter for his decision attached to this post.

 

 

 

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