Black Hills Beetle Epidemic 1996-2010
Maps of past years infestation and a brief description of the beetles.

Black Hills Initiative Activities Briefing

Custer State Park Success
Mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) infestations are resulting in widespread pine mortality throughout western North America. In the Black Hills of South Dakota the bark beetle epidemic that began in the late 1990s has already resulted in the loss of more than 2 million pines and infestations continue to expand. Read story . . .

MPB Activities- Fall & Winter of 2010-2011
Given the expanse of the current outbreak, the Black Hills National Forest awarded the State of South Dakota a grant of $170,000 in the fall of 2010 to aid private landowners in the control of MPB. With this grant the State of South Dakota was able to offer a cost share program for the removal and disposal of infested trees identified by State forestry personnel, private forestry consultants on contract, and State certified markers from local county weed and pest departments. The service of locating and marking infested trees was provided free of charge to the landowner. Read Story...