Agencies Say Black Hills Pine Beetles Growing At Slower Pace

A new aerial analysis of the Black Hills National Forest shows the pine beetle epidemic is still growing but slower than before.

The Rapid City Journal reports the survey filed by state and federal agencies found that about 16,500 acres were newly identified last year as affected by mountain pine beetles.

The U.S. Forest Service says that’s a sign the epidemic is slowing, after 34,000 acres were newly affected in 2013.