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Don’t Move Mountain Pine Beetle Infested Wood in the Black Hills





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

NEWS RELEASE

 

 


For Immediate Release:  December 2, 2015
Media Contact:  Jody Heemstra, 605-773-4073

 

 

 

 

Don’t Move Mountain Pine Beetle Infested Wood in the Black Hills

 

RAPID CITY, SD – People stocking up on firewood in the Black Hills should use caution in cutting or buying pine firewood so that they are not also moving mountain pine beetles. 

 

“Trees that became infested from this summer’s flight contain live larvae under the bark. The larvae can continue to mature and emerge next summer as adults even if the wood has been cut into firewood,” says Greg Josten, South Dakota Department of Agriculture state forester. “We do not recommend people collect or move firewood from trees attacked this year. Trees attacked this past summer can be identified by the pitch tubes along the trunk and their green needles.”

 

Cutting and chunking into firewood lengths is commonly used to treat infested trees when they can’t be hauled to a sawmill. “Chunks cut from currently infested trees should not be stacked for firewood until next fall, after the next beetle flight. Stacking the infested chunks creates an environment that allows the beetles to survive.”

 

Dead trees that were attacked last year or in previous years are not suitable hosts for mountain pine beetles to survive. Firewood cut from those trees can be moved. These trees can be easily identified. All the needles in the tree canopy will be red or the canopy will be bare because most, if not all, of the needles have already fallen.

 

For more information on how to identify mountain pine beetle infested trees, visit www.beatthebeetles.com.

 

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