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No one injured in wildland fire near Tabor

April 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

TABOR — The cedars of Lebanon may have been a gift fit for King Solomon, but for some South Dakota landowners, the plants are mostly a nuisance.

That’s why members of Bon Homme Hutterite Colony were trying to clear out some of those ced…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

No one injured in wildland fire near Tabor

April 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

TABOR — The cedars of Lebanon may have been a gift fit for King Solomon, but for some South Dakota landowners, the plants are mostly a nuisance.

That’s why members of Bon Homme Hutterite Colony were trying to clear out some of those ced…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Black Hills forest gets $1.5M for beetle battle

January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

CUSTER (AP) — Black Hills National Forest crews will use another $1.5 million in federal funding to try to get out ahead of the mountain pine beetle.

Forest supervisor Craig Bobzien tells the Black Hills Pioneer the money will be used to thin …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Emerald ash borer moves closer to South Dakota

January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — An insect that could threaten one of South Dakota’s most populous tree species moved even closer to the state in the past year.

The emerald ash borer last year was found in Union County in southwestern Iowa, as well as in Boul…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Emerald ash borer moves closer to South Dakota

January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — An insect that could threaten one of South Dakota’s most populous tree species moved even closer to the state in the past year.

The emerald ash borer last year was found in Union County in southwestern Iowa, as well as in Boul…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Study: Healthy trees cut in effort to fight beetle

January 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Joel Ebert

Pierre Capital Journal

PIERRE (AP) — Earlier efforts to control mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills may have killed more healthy trees than diseased trees in areas, according to reports obtained by the Capital Journal.

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Christmas trees devastated by woolly pest

December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Darryl Fears

The Washington Post

In West Virginia’s scenic Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, with its gently sloping mountains and emerald acres of timber, Mike Powell relishes the perks of his job as a caretaker of the land: the sou…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Officials say cold weather won’t stop pine beetles

December 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The bitter cold snap across South Dakota has cancelled events and increased calls for furnace repairs, but hopes that it might chase away the state’s most unwelcome visitors are futile at best.

Forestry officials say the mount…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Official: Missouri River cottonwoods in danger

October 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cottonwood trees that once dominated forests along the Missouri River are in danger of disappearing, a North Dakota Forest Service official says.

Cottonwoods are declining because of dam-caused changes in river flow, develo…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

SD Ag Department hosting pine beetle workshop

October 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

LEAD (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is hosting a free workshop in Lead on treatment of mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills.

The workshop at the Lead High School Auditorium runs Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. MDT. Informat…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com