The USDA announced an additional $1.5 million in funding for the Black Hills National Forest to combat pine beetle infestation as part of the approximately $2.6 million given by the National Forest Service.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture says landowners who had their pine trees sprayed this year to protect them from mountain pine beetles have noted that trees are still getting lost.
CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — A private forester from Deadwood says what might be the tallest two Ponderosa pine trees in the Black Hills are in danger because they're surrounded by trees that are heavily infested with mountain pine beetles.