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Applications For Mountain Pine Beetle Surveying And Marking




For Immediate Release: July 24, 2012

Media Contact: Brian Garbisch, (605) 394-2395



Applications For Mountain Pine Beetle Surveying And Marking


PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry will begin accepting applications for 2012-2013 mountain pine beetle surveying and marking services on Wednesday, Aug. 1.  The deadline for submission of applications will be Friday, Sept. 17.


Applications must include the applicant’s name, address, phone number, county, Parcel ID number, size of property to be surveyed, group name and name of the group leader if the applicant is part of a group.


The intent of the surveying and marking service is to assist private landowners in mitigating current mountain pine beetle infestations on their land. The service is provided by the State of South Dakota for landowners with greater than 10-acre parcels located in the Black Hills. Landowners owning parcels smaller than 10 acres may form groups with neighbors to achieve the acreage requirement.


Completion of an application does not guarantee that the applicant’s property will be surveyed by the state. Last year, the state was not able to service all requests due to the overwhelming number of applications.


Once property is surveyed and trees are marked, landowners will receive information indicating the location and number of infested trees, as well as a list of contractors who provide treatment services. It will be the landowner’s responsibility to have infested trees treated. A cost-share program is available through the State of South Dakota for qualifying landowners.


Applications can be completed online at www.BeatTheBeetles.com  or by contacting the Department of Agriculture at (605) 394-2395.


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