User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


52° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Thune And Noem Discuss Pine Beetle Legislation

April 12, 2012, 10:20 PM by Derek Olson

Thune And Noem Discuss Pine Beetle Legislation
RAPID CITY, SD -

Senator John Thune and Congresswoman Kristi Noem were in Rapid City Thursday afternoon to address the pine beetle epidemic afflicting the Black Hills. The two U.S. lawmakers have introduced new legislation to combat the problem.

For years, people have been watching as pine beetles consume more of the Black Hills.

"I have a vial of pine beetles on my desk that I've kept there ever since I was elected, to remind me of one of the tasks that I have in front of me to really accomplish and help South Dakota deal with," Rep. Kristi Noem said.

But given the scope of the problem and the speed with which the bugs spread, the beetles seem to be winning the fight against the forest service.

"Right now, because of all of the regulations and the red tape that they have to go through, it makes it extremely difficult for them to act in any kind of a time frame that would deal with the problem," Sen. John Thune said.

The National Forest Emergency Response Act, introduced in the Senate by Thune and in the House by Noem, would allow the Forest Service to bypass some of the paperwork and environmental evaluations that slow them down.

"What this bill does is it allows every state to declare a forest as a pilot project, that lets them cut through some of that red tape," Noem said.

And although there are no guarantees about getting legislation passed, especially in an election year, the lawmakers are hopeful that this measure will.

"We're going to work very, very hard to, one, make sure that this language is in the forestry title of the farm bill, and two, that we get a farm bill passed, hopefully in the next few months," Thune said.

Follow these links to see The National Forest Emergency Response Act:

US Senate Bill 2277
US House Bill 4331

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Jesus Take The Wheel

9/25/2014 10:00 PM

Miracle on the highway: that's how many people are describing a bad crash between a semi-truck and car in which no one was killed.

Full Story | Watch
Iowa Teen Dies Two Days After Fight At School

9/28/2014 11:42 AM

Prosecutors may file additional charges because a western Iowa teen died two days after suffering a head injury during a fight at school.

Full Story
Verdict Reached In McCahren Case

9/23/2014 8:51 PM

Braiden McCahren walked out of the Tripp County Courthouse Tuesday night a convicted killer.

Full Story
Police: Missing Boy Shows Up At School

9/26/2014 6:39 AM

Sioux Falls police say a missing boy showed up for school Friday morning.  

Full Story
Man Charged With Rape And Recording Women In USD Showers

9/24/2014 12:07 PM

According to court papers, police first had contact with Daniel R. Hammer on August 28.

Full Story


Events