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Red flags raised over timber sustainability

Black Hills National Forest investigating impact of wildfire, pine beetles


May 14, 2020

The debt has come due across the Black Hills National Forest. Work is underway to figure out how best to manage the U.S. Forest Service’s commercial timber program in a forest that has seen serious negative impacts from wildfire and the mountain pine beetle epidemic.

A collaborative working group was established in 2016 to gather data about the current standing forest inventory because concerns had been raised about conditions across the Black Hills.

“Trends in data that we collect about the forest seemed to indicate a significantly changed condition of the forest resource,” says Jerr...

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