The pine beetle infestation is a continuing problem in the Black Hills, but thanks to the South Dakota government there's money to help.
The state allocated millions of dollars to help counties affected by the pine beetle. On Tuesday, Pennington County Commissioners accepted the first installment. The $201,000 will go toward prevention work, like cutting down trees and spraying, that was recently done in Pennington County.
"The board has set this as a high priority for them to protect our hills and our pine trees, and the public is requesting that also. So, I think that's a good thing all around," said Julie Pearson, Pennington County Auditor.
Pearson says money from future installments will be used for prevention work in the fall.