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Preventative Spraying & Forest Management Workshops to be Held in the Black Hills



For Immediate Release: March 29, 2016
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605-773-4073


Preventative Spraying & Forest Management Workshops to be Held in the Black Hills

PIERRE, S.D. - Two mountain pine beetle (MPB) spraying workshops will be held in the Black Hills in the later part of April.


The workshops will focus on the benefits and methods of treating trees to protect them from MPB and managing forests to reduce the impacts of future MPB outbreaks. All landowners interested in protecting their pine trees are encouraged to attend.


The first workshop will be Thursday, April 21, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. MST at the Lodge at Deadwood, in Deadwood, S.D. This workshop will be hosted by South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Resource Conservation & Forestry Division (RCF) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).


The second workshop will be held Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. – noon MST at the Custer County Annex, in Custer, S.D. This workshop is a collaboration between the Custer Conservation District, the USFS, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the SDDA’s Wildland Fire and RC&F divisions. This workshop will include a field demonstration on spraying trees and other forest management opportunities.


The preventative spraying portion of the workshops will cover techniques, chemicals used and answer questions that tree owners may have regarding treating trees. Representatives from spray companies will be on hand to discuss their services. The workshops will also discuss management options to create forests more resilient to MPB attack, including promoting a diversity of tree species and age classes.


“The movement of MPB onto private lands, particularly around homes and cabins, has increased interest in spraying pines to protect them,” said Brian Garbisch, RCF program administrator. “There are a number of companies in the Black Hills who provide this service to customers. There are also many people who spray their own trees.”

Spraying, if done correctly, can protect pines from MPB even in areas with high MPB populations. The correct chemical, proper timing, and correct application rates are critical keys to success. Improper application may not protect the trees. Once a tree is successfully attacked there are no chemicals or treatments that will save it.


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