Publications

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).

Mountain Pine Beetle Initiatives
The Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry has the duty to provide advice and assistance on forest health issues within South Dakota. Consequently, the division began to cal out, "the beetles are coming, the beetles are coming." And, they came! Read More...

The Survival of Mountain Pine Beetle in Unpeeled Logs
The mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) is the most serious pest of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa). Management of this insect involves indirect controls, reducing stand susceptibility, or direct controls, reducing the beetle population. One tactic for reducing bark beetle populations is to feel and treat infested trees in place. Read More...

NRCS Fact Sheet on MPB
Working together, the USDA NRCS and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry (SDDA RC&F), are offering assistance for forestry conservation practices on private lands in SD's Black Hills region. Read More...

Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet- 1900 / Mountain Pine Beetle
Information on Mountain Pine Beetles from The US Department of Agriculture-Forest Service. Note: Not all the information in this document applies to the Black Hills.

Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet- 122 / Pine Engraver, Ips pini
Information on Mountain Pine Beetles from The US Department of Agriculture-Forest Service. Note: Not all the information in this document applies to the Black Hills.

Thinning Programs Available to Private Landowners
Non-commercial Thinning Programs Available to Private Landowners In the Black Hills of South Dakota. Read More...