Drought affecting identifying infested Pine Beetle trees - KOTA Territory News

Drought affecting identifying infested Pine Beetle trees

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Dozens of residents in Hill City attended a beetle seminar to find out how they can save their trees from the Pine Beetle.

The seminar was held Thursday night to inform people living in the area the proper action to take against infested trees.

Forest Entomologist Kurt Allen says now that the beetle flight has ended, it's a prime chance to take action.

But, this year the drought is making finding those infested trees more difficult.

"This year because it was so dry in the summer the trees just really aren't producing much pitch, and so really we have to be looking around the base of the tree, looking for the borrowing dust," says Allen.

Allen says they are trying to get property owners to take action now before the next flight in the spring.

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