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.


Ravaged by pine beetles, fire hazards loom large in B.C. forests

When the China Nose fire raced across the Interior Plateau south of Houston and Burns Lake last summer, it was a reminder – not that one was needed – of just how dangerous a forest is after it’s been killed by pine beetles.

The insect infestation has spread over 18 million hectares in British Columbia, leaving a dry, fire-prone forest behind. Some of the most intense damage is in the area where the China Nose blaze consumed more than 3,000 hectares, and logging companies in that region are acutely aware of the fire hazard.

Or they should be.