Black Hills National Forest Spraying Trees in Recreation Areas to Protect from Mountain Pine Beetle

Release Date: Apr 18, 2016  

Custer, SD - The Black Hills National Forest will be spraying trees in several recreation areas to help protect them from mountain pine beetle infestation.

Around 3,700 trees will be sprayed across the Black Hills National Forest starting on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 and will continue for approximately one month or until all of the sites are complete. Spraying will be implemented depending on weather. Wind, rain or other unforeseen events may delay the process.

“We want to keep these trees in these areas to provide for a nice recreation experience,” said Blaine Cook, Forest Silviculturist, Black Hills National Forest.

Sites will be closed while crews are working. Depending on the location, size, and number of trees in a given area, it will take up to one or more days to complete the spraying. Closed signs and barricades will be set up to inform the public while the areas are being sprayed.

List of locations to be sprayed (not in any order).

  • Roubaix Lake Campground (CG)
  • Dalton Lake CG
  • Nemo Work Center
  • Hardy Guard Station
  • Iron Mountain Picnic Ground (PG)
  • Norbeck Overlook
  • Breezy Point PG
  • Big Pine Trailhead
  • Bear Gulch CG
  • Dakota Point Picnic Area
  • Vets Point
  • Whitetail CG
  • Deerfield Legacy Tree
  • Deerfield (Dutchman CG)
  • Oreville CG
  • Pactola CG
  • Pactola Marina
  • Reno Gulch
  • Horsetheif Lake CG
  • Bismarck Lake CG
  • Smokey Loop at Sheridan Lake CG
  • Woodsy Loop at Sheridan Lake CG
  • North Beach Group Camp at Sheridan Lake CG
  • North Beach Picnic Area at Sheridan Lake CG
  • South Beach Picnic Area at Sheridan Lake CG
  • Rocky Loop at Sheridan Lake CG
  • Chipper Loop at Sheridan Lake CG
  • Thumper Loop at Sheridan Lake CG

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/blackhills/.

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