rapid city, sd
The Black Hills National Forest will use half a million dollars from the U.S. Forest Service to continue its battle against the mountain pine beetle epidemic.
Forest Supervisor Craig Bobzien says that the forest has completed an environmental plan for 200,000 acres. He says the $500,000 additional budget allocation will be used to thin about 2,500 acres.
Bobzien says another $6 million to $7 million is needed to address all of the problem acres. The beetles have killed millions of trees across the Rocky Mountain region.