Mountain Pine Beetle workshops scheduled in the Black Hills |

Mountain Pine Beetle workshops scheduled in the Black Hills

Three mountain pine beetle treatment workshops are scheduled for the Black Hills during April.

The workshops, hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service and the U.S. Forest Service, will focus on the benefits and methods of treating trees to protect them from mountain pine beetles. All landowners, whether they intend to do the work themselves or hire a company, are welcome.

The workshops will outline spraying techniques, provide information and answer questions. Representatives from many of the spray companies will be on hand to discuss their particular services.

The workshops are scheduled for three days, at three different locations around the Black Hills.

Friday, April 11, 6-9 p.m. MDT at the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, in Rapid City.

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. MDT, in the Spearfish Council Chambers at the City Hall in Spearfish. This workshop will also include information about pruning storm-damaged trees.

Thursday, April 24, 6-8 p.m. MDT, at the Crazy Horse Memorial near Custer.

The movement of mountain pine beetles onto private lands, particularly around homes and cabins, has increased interest among landowners in spraying pines to protect them from infestation. A number of companies in the Black Hills are currently signing up customers for tree spraying. Many people are planning to spray their own trees this year as well.

Spraying, when using the proper chemicals and applied at the correct rate and time, can protect pines from infestation by mountain pine beetles, even in areas with the worst outbreaks. However, improper application may not protect the trees. Once a tree is successfully attacked, there are no chemicals or treatments that will save it.

For more information on these workshops, please contact Brian Garbisch at 605.394.6092.

–South Dakota Department of Agriculture

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