Fighting the Pine Beetles
An estimated 384,000 acres – one third – of the 1.2 million acres of National Forest System lands in the Black Hills has been destroyed by the epidemic since 1998. The infestation is growing rapidly, doubling from 22,000 new acres affected in 2008 to 44,000 new acres affected in 2009. The beetle infestation has also killed essentially all of the trees in the 13,426 acres of the Black Elk Wilderness.
Rep. Kristi Noem is dedicated to reclaiming our beautiful Black Hills forest from the scourge of pine beetles that not only diminish the natural beauty of the area but also impact tourism and increase the risk of catastrophic fire.
On this page you will find the latest information on what Rep. Noem is doing to fight the pine beetles and how you can help.