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Forest Service, Lawrence County team up to fight pine beetles

December 29, 2011 in The Daily Republic

DEADWOOD (AP) The Forest Service and the Lawrence County Commission have reached an agreement to fight pine beetles on federal land.
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Defenders of Black HIlls say pine beetles a smoke screen for logging

December 19, 2011 in The Daily Republic

RAPID CITY (AP) While some critics say the U.S. Forest Service isn’t doing enough to address the pine beetle problem in South Dakota’s Black Hills, others think the federal agency is going too far. Continue Reading

Longtime Superior National Forest chief retiring

November 28, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Jim Sanders, 58, is the longest-serving supervisor in the 102-year history of the history of the 3-million-acre Superior National Forest. Continue Reading

Minnesota DNR commissioner removes top officials in forestry division

November 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The changes were announced to DNR staff last month but weren’t made public at the time. Commissioner Tom Landwehr said he wants to make more timber available with less paperwork and delay for the state’s loggers and mills, which have been hit hard by low demand and low prices resulting from the economic slump. Continue Reading

Forest fire in Voyageurs National Park expected to burn remainder of fall

October 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The National Park Service said today the Tooth Lake Fire remains at about 300 acres. The fire is burning in mixed pine and hardwood forest, two miles south of Namakan Lake.
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Landowners fight pine beetles in SD

October 17, 2011 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) Gov. Dennis Daugaard says landowners in the Black Hills are showing a strong interest in fighting the region’s widespread infestation of mountain pine beetles.
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Wind remains threat to mostly contained BWCA fire

October 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The forest fire burning since August in northeastern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is now 90 percent contained, authorities said Sunday. Continue Reading

BWCA wildfire costs top $12 million

September 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Officials tallying the cost of fighting the widespread wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northeastern Minnesota say expenses have topped $12 million. Continue Reading

Rain expected to prevent BWCA area fire from growing

September 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A half-inch of rain over the next couple days is expected to keep a large forest fire from spreading in northeastern Minnesota. Continue Reading

Good conditions stalling spread of BWCA wildfire

September 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Firefighters expect a good day for gaining ground on a forest fire that has blackened 147 square miles of northeastern Minnesota. Continue Reading