Tidwell In Black Hills Talks Beetles And Budgets

Nov 7, 2013

The Chief of the United States Forest Service took a tour of the Black Hills this week .  Tom Tidwell who oversees the federal agency got a first-hand view of the pine beetle infestation that has left behind hundreds of thousands of dead trees. 

Live Pine Beetles extracted from a tree in the fall of 2013. The beetle infestation continues in the Black Hills. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell says the problem is exacerbated by climate change.

Tidwell and Congresswoman Kristi Noem then took part in a roundtable discussion on the problem with local industry and government groups. 

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray attended the meeting and brought back this report.