PIERRE - Two workshops will be held in the Black Hills to discuss the benefits and methods of treating trees to protect them from mountain pine beetles. The workshops are for all landowners, whether they intend to do the work themselves or hire a company to complete the work.
The workshops will be hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
The first workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 10 at the 4-H Extension (Walter Taylor) Building, 601 E. Centre in Rapid City, next to the fairgrounds.
The workshop will be repeated from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Spearfish Recreation Center, 122 Recreation Lane, in Spearfish.
The workshops will demonstrate spraying techniques, provide information and answer questions tree owners may have about treating trees. Representatives from many of the spray companies also will be on hand to discuss their particular services.
The movement of mountain pine beetles onto private lands, particularly around homes and cabins, has increased interest among landowners in spraying pines to protect them from becoming infested. There are a number of companies in the Black Hills currently signing up customers for tree spraying this spring. There are also many people who are planning to spray their own trees this year.
Spraying, if done with the proper chemicals and applied at the correct rate and time, has an excellent success rate in protecting pines from infestation by mountain pine beetles. However, if done improperly, the trees often become infested and there are no chemicals or treatments that are effective at saving a tree once it is attacked.
For more information, contact John Ball, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist, forest health specialist at email@example.com