$1 million more needed for pine beetle fight in Black Hills

The cost of Lawrence County’s war against the mountain pine beetle epidemic has already exceeded $500,000, and up to an additional $1 million is needed to finish the work in this year’s effort to slow the devastation.

Lawrence County Invasive Species Management supervisor Dave Heck updated Lawrence County Commissioners on Tuesday on the work completed so far, and additional work needed to complete Phase II of the pine beetle effort that began in November.

According to Heck, the county treated 6,515 trees on Spearfish Mountain at a cost of $14.90 per tree, totaling $97,073.50.


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