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Don't Move Mountain Pine Beetle Infested Wood in the Black Hills
December 2, 2015
Rapid City, SD - People stocking upon firewood in the Black Hills should use caution in cutting or buying pine forewood so that they are not also moving mountain pine beetles. Read more...

Workshop for Healthy Forests and Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
September 23, 2015
Pierre, SD - The South Dakota Department of Agricutlure (SDDA) will hose a free workshop to promote forest health. Read more...

Mountain Pine Beetle Spraying Workshops Held in the Black Hills
April 20, 2015
Pierre, SD - Three mountain pine beetle spraying workshops will be held in the Black Hills through April and May. Read more...

Cutting and Chunking Deadline for Mountain Pine Beetle Draws Near
January 2, 2015
Pierre, SD - March 1 is the deadline to kill mountain pine beetles through the cut and chunk method Read more...

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...



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 2015-2016

Landowner Application for Survey & Marking Assistance
Sign-up has closed for 2015. Check back in August, 2016.

South Dakota Mountain Pine Beetle Suppression Program FY 2016

Landowner Cost Share Information
Information on Reimbursement of Landowner Costs.