Pine beetles ravage ponderosa pines in South Dakota forests

12/5/2010 | Rapid City Journal (S.D.), The

The U.S. Forest Service implemented several measures to control the infestation of mountain pine beetles in Black Elk Wilderness and in Norbeck Wildlife Preserve in South Dakota, but most of these procedures failed because commercial production of ponderosa pine trees has encouraged the proliferation of the rice-sized pests. Forest advocates believe that the possible solution to the beetle invasion is to restore the forest's diversity through a variety of trees, shrubs and grasses.

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