DENDROCTONUS PONDEROSAE VS. BLACK HILLS
The Black Hills of South Dakota are facing the worst infestation of the Mountain Pine Beetle since the 1970's. With the increasing governmental regulation of forestry in the 1970's based upon lawsuits by certain conservation groups - the Black Hills of South Dakota need to be thinned drastically. Over one fifth of the forests are infected with the Mountain Pine Beetle. Even the National Park System realizes the error of listening to outside groups and has sprayed over 700 trees with the insecticide Sevin and began to thin the forest surrounding Mt. Rushmore. We hope proper, regulated logging brought back to the area (without the legal wrangling brought on by outside groups) can save our forest!
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