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Deadline Approaching for Mountain Pine Beetle Marking





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release: February 3, 2011

Media Contact: Coe Foss, 605-394-6122

 

Deadline Approaching for Mountain Pine Beetle Marking

 

RAPID CITY, S. D. – Black Hills landowners are reminded that the cut-off date for requesting assistance with locating and marking trees infested with mountain pine beetle is Feb. 7, 2011.  After that date, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will no longer be accepting requests for assistance. SDDA has been taking requests since last fall.

 

Landowners that had contacted SDDA prior to that date will remain on the schedule for locating and marking. They will still be eligible for the cost-share program as long as funds are available.

 

“We have marked 40,000 trees that are infested with mountain pine beetle.  Felling the trees now will prevent the pine beetles from maturing and flying to adjacent trees to continue their life cycle,” said Coe Foss, SDDA’s forest health program supervisor.

 

SDDA would also like to remind landowners who have had trees marked that the deadline for felling and treating infested trees in place is March 1, 2011, if they wish to participate in the cost-share program.  Trees felled and treated in place after that date will not be eligible for cost-share assistance.

 

Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating nearly $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 143,000 South Dakotans.  The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow.  Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov/ or follow us on Facebook.

 

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