Drawing battle plans to fight mountain pine beetle

The fight against the mountain pine beetles isn’t hopeless, but we do have a steep hill to climb and not much time to reach the top, forest industry officials say.

To get there, they say it’s time to decide what’s most important to us and can still be saved, then implement a coordinated, forest-wide strategy to achieve prioritized goals for protecting the Black Hills from the beetles.

“We need to quit talking about it. We need to start preaching a strategy,” said Dan Buehler, resource manager with the Neiman Timber Company. “We’d like to have a coordinated effort … where everything is complementing each other. That’s what I feel is lacking overall.”

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