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SD Ag Department hosting pine beetle workshop

LEAD (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is hosting a free workshop in Lead on treatment of mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills.

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The workshop at the Lead High School Auditorium runs Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. MDT. Information will be presented on the how, when and why of treating infested trees this fall and winter.

State forester Ray Sowers says the 2013 mountain pine beetle flight is coming to an end, and it's time to deal with newly infested trees.

The workshop is presented by forest entomologists of the U.S. Forest Service and South Dakota State University professor and forestry specialist John Ball. The researchers have been working on the issue since the beginning of the current beetle epidemic.