Pine Beetle battle now a fight for funding in Pennington County - KOTA Territory News

Pine Beetle battle now a fight for funding in Pennington County


The fight against the Mountain Pine Beetle in Pennington County, has become a fight for more funding.
Tuesday morning, commissioners voted to allocate $80,000 dollars from the Emergency Disaster Fund for cutting and chunking 6,000 marked trees.

It's part of the county's effort to play catch up.

Last year, $200,000 dollars was moved from the 2013 budget to the 2012 budget to help fight the beetles.

Unfortunately, Pennington County Weed and Pest Director Scott Guffey says the 80 thousand dollars will only last until March 1st.

"It means we might not be doing anything come this fall essentially. If there isn't dollars there we can't really do anything and we've already invested a lot of dollars in it to date, and we're running low," says Guffey.  

$52,680 dollars remains from the original $200,000 transferred from 2013 beetle budget.

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