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SD park works with cabin owners to fight beetles

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CUSTER (AP) — Custer State Park officials have been working with private cabin owners in the southwestern South Dakota park to protect trees near their cabins from mountain pine beetles.

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The park contracts with private spray companies to apply insecticides to protect key trees in campgrounds and recreation areas. Park officials also have authorized private cabin owners to spray up to 20 trees each.

Senior forester Adam Gahagan tells the Rapid City Journal that 25 of 32 private cabin owners in the park sprayed trees this year. Some trees couldn't be sprayed because they were within a 100-foot buffer zone near French Creek.

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