U.S. Forest Service allocates extra US$1M in carryover funds to fight pine beetle infestation in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

RAPID CITY, South Dakota , March 19, 2012 () – U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says the Forest Service is making an additional $1 million available to fight pine beetles in the Black Hills National Forest.

The South Dakota Republican says the pine beetle epidemic is a "slow-motion disaster" and the $1 million from carryover funds from previous years is welcome news.

Black Hills Forest Resource Association Director Tom Troxel tells the Rapid City Journal that the $1 million will be added to the forest's $8.5 million 2012 budget for timber sales and related forest management.

The state also is dedicating millions of dollars to the pine beetle battle in the Black Hills.

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