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Pine beetles in the Black Hills; a look back at the efforts of 2013

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Much attention was given to fixing the pine beetle problem in 2013, including a visit from the U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.

Besides visitors, attention in the form of money was given as well. According to Craig Bobzien, the Black Hills forest service chief, $19 million were poured into the pine beetle problem in fiscal year 2013.

He says around 40,000 acres were affected this year, which is average when compared to other years.

For 2014, Bobzien says they will stay vigilant and pro-active. "Thinning and advancing the beetles to make them resilient, doing that across landscapes and reducing hazardous fuels, using the all lands strategy, all lands all hands," said Bobzien.
 
Bobzien says the successes in 2013 are due to collaboration between counties, the U.S. Forest Service, the governors of South Dakota and Wyoming, and the public.

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