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Training available on how to identify and treat Black Hills trees infested with beetle trees


PIERRE, South Dakota — South Dakota's Agriculture Department is putting on a workshop on how to identify and treat mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills.

The agency says now is a good time to deal with infested trees.

The free training will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Blue Bell Lodge in Custer State Park.

The Legislature has allocated $4 million over the past three years to help ease the beetle epidemic. Infested trees are cut and then used in sawmills, chipped for disposal, or put through a bark peeling process to kill beetle larvae.


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