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Seminar On Treating Mountain Pine Beetles In The Black Hills





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release: Nov. 21, 2012

Media Contact: Brian Garbisch, 605-394-6092

 

Treating Mountain Pine Beetles In The Black Hills Seminar

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free seminar in Spearfish on treatment of mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills.

 

The session will be held at 6:30 p.m. MDT, Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Hudson Hall in Spearfish and will help landowners understand the various options for finding and treating infested trees. 

 

The seminar will be presented by forest entomologists Kurt Allen of the U.S. Forest Service and John Ball of South Dakota State University and SDDA. They have been working on the issue since the beginning of the current beetle epidemic. 

 

“Now is the time to deal with the newly infested trees,” said Ray Sowers, SDDA state forester.

 

Information will be presented on the how, when and why of treating infested trees this fall and winter. The workshop will also address how to identify trees attacked by mountain pine beetle and separate those from ones attacked by other pine beetles.

 

For more information on the seminar, contact Brian Garbisch with SDDA at 605-394-6092.

 

Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, generating nearly $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 80,000 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 and Twitter.

 

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