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Workshop on Identifying and Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
October 10, 2014
Pierre, SD - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on the identification and treatment Read more...


Mountain Pine Beetle Workshops Held in the Black Hills
April 1, 2014
Pierre, SD - Three mountain pine beetle treatment workshops will be held in the Black Hills during April. Read more...

Cutting and Chunking Deadline Draws Near
February 26, 2014
Pierre, SD - March 1 is the deadline to kill mountain pine beetles through the cut and chunk method, according to the state forest health program specialist Brian Garbisch. Read more...

Hill City Saw Mill Combats Pine Beetles
December 21, 2013
Rapid City, SD - Neiman Enterprises resource forester Paul Pierson calls it the best thing the industry can do to stop the spread of mountain pine beetles. Read more...

Behind-the-Scenes of Local Sawmill
December 21, 2013
Rapid City, SD - lack Hills forests depend on a healthy lumber industry. That was the message today as Forest Service and company officials took reports on a tour of the Rushmore Forest Products mill near Hill City. Read more...

Increased Mountain Pine Beetle Impact for Sawmills
December 20, 2013
Rapid City, SD - Not many get a better look at the mountain pine beetle problem than sawmill workers. Read more...

Larvae Survive Blizzard, Below-zero Cold Snap
December 27, 2013
Near Sylvan Lake, SD - John Ball is hunting for bug larvae that looks blackened and shriveled like red bananas. Read more...

Black Hills Forest Landowners Reporting Sprayed Trees Lost to Mountain Pine Beetles
November 13, 2013
Pierre, SD - Landowners who had their pine trees sprayed this year to protect them from mountain pine beetle may be finding small masses of pitch along the trunks of these trees; evidence of a successful attack. Read more...

Workshops about Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
September 10, 2013
Pierre, SD - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host free workshops over the next few weeks on treatment of mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills. Read more...

Pine Beetle Fight
August 22, 2013
Rapid City, SD - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says more than 240,000 acres have been surveyed for mountain pine beetle infestations since the state launched an effort to fight the beetles two years ago. Read more...

Governor's Pine Beetle Initiative Surveyed 240,000 acres; Treated 335,000 Trees

August 22, 2013
Pierre, SD - Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that more than 240,000 acres have been surveyed for mountain pine beetle infestations since the Black Hills Forest Initiative began in August 2011. Read more...



Advice for Spraying Trees for Mountain Pine Beetle

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Black Hills Initiative Activities Briefing

Infested Tree ID Card
Proper identification of a tree infested with mountain pine beetle is important especially when pine trees are of value to your landscape or you have to pay for the costly removal of trees. This card will enable you to accurately identify over 95% of the currently infested trees. This card was developed from the data collected in the Black Hills by Kurt Allen (Forest Service Entomologist) and Dr. John Ball (Resource Conservation & Forestry Forest Health Specialist).

Priority Areas Map for 2014-2015

Landowner Application for Survey & Marking Assistance - Sign-up begins August 18, 2014.

South Dakota Mountain Pine Beetle Suppression Program FY 2015

Landowner Cost Share Information
Information on Reimbursement of Landowner Costs.