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Deadwood to use $100K for pine beetle battle

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DEADWOOD (AP) -- The city of Deadwood is setting aside $100,000 this year to battle the beetle.

The mountain pine beetle epidemic has killed thousands of acres of ponderosa pine trees in the Black Hills and made the forest vulnerable to wildfires. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the city commission approved the money after a request from the Lawrence County Mountain Pine Beetle Committee.

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The county previously received pledges of $60,000 from the city of Spearfish and $50,000 from Spearfish Forest Products, as well as more than $267,000 in in-kind contributions. Deadwood Mayor Francis Toscana says if nothing is done to curb the beetle problem, it's possible that people could live for a generation or longer in an area that is deforested.

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