Black Hills National Forest officials say it is important to not stack or move cut-and-chunked trees that were cut last October 2012 thru this spring, until October 2013. Officials say some beetles could survive if enough time has not been allotted for the chunks to dry out.
Transporting mountain pine beetle infested logs before October is also not recommended. Officials say that transporting could move live beetles to a different location where they could emerge from the chunks and spread the infestation to nearby pine trees. "The small percentage of beetles that have survived in the chunks will have emerged by October and you can move or pile the chunks for firewood at that time," said Scott Jacobson, Public Affairs Officer, Black Hills National Forest.
Cut-and-chunk is a method that is used on the Black Hills National Forest to help reduce the mountain pine beetle population. Trees are felled and cut into 24 inch or less chunks to promote faster drying.
For more information, please contact Scott Jacobson, Public Affairs Officer at (605) 673-9216.
For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.