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Forestry Officials Release 2016 Forest Health Report

Custer, SD - The U.S. Forest Service, South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and Wyoming State Forestry Division have released the results of the 2016 forest health surveys of the Black Hills. Read more...

Applications Available for Mountain Pine Beetle Survey and Marking

August 8, 2016
Rapid City, SD - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry will begin accepting applications for 2016-17 Mountain Pine Beetle survey and marking services from Aug. 15, 2016, through Sept. 16, 2016. Read more...

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...


Advice for Spraying Trees for Mountain Pine Beetle

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Landowner Application for Survey & Marking Assistance
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2015 Forest Health Report regarding Mountain Pine Beetle

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).

Landowner Cost Share Information
Information on Reimbursement of Landowner Costs.