Pine Beetles

Dr. Scott Kenner, head of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at SD School of Mines and Technology and his Grad student Brian Freed join Innovation to discuss their research looking at the hydrologic response of watersheds to pine beetle infestation.

The House Appropriations committee killed a bill that funds South Dakota’s fight against Pine Beetles. Lawmakers say the bill is duplicate legislation of a separate bill already passed. Larry Mann is a lobbyist with the Black Hills Forest Resource Association. He says SB 28 is also a funding request to fight the Black Hills Pine Beetles.

Pine Beetles And Tourism In The Black Hills

Dec 11, 2013

For nearly two decades, the mountain pine beetle has spread across hundreds of thousands of acres of the Black Hills National Forest leaving behind millions of dead pine trees. While much has been studied on the ecological impact of the pine beetles, little has been done on the effects the infestation has had on the tourism business – one of the South Dakota’s main industries. Dr.

Beetles Thwart Current Cold Snap

Dec 4, 2013

It’s cold outside.    Parts of the Black Hills could see nighttime temperatures diving close to 20 below zero in the coming days.

But for some people, it's not cold enough.   Those fighting pine beetles in the Black Hills could benefit from even colder temperatures.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has more.

You can see a National Weather Service Website detailing some periods of extreme cold temperatures in years past here.

Pine Beetle Infestation In Black Hills

Nov 14, 2013

Pine beetles, the federal budget, forest fires and climate were topics at a press conference last week at the Forest Service office in Custer.  Tom Tidwell, the Chief of the United States Forest Service, took part in a meeting during his first trip to the Black Hills.  He made the stop in South Dakota at the request of U.S.

Custer Carpenter Karl Svensson

May 1, 2013

Lumber harvested from pine-beetle infested trees carries a distinctive stain that can range in color from light blue to grayish black.  Custer carpenter Karl Svensson has been making the best of a bad situation. He thinks the unique, distinctive stain in the infested-tree lumber is attractive and uses the blue wood in the post-and-beam barns and homes that he's been building in the region for about three years now.