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Local students assess the forest health and impacts of the mountain pine beetle at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Mountain Pine Beetle - Resource Assessment and Action Plan

A landscape-level mountain pine beetle (MPB) epidemic is occurring in the central Black Hills of South Dakota. The most active area of MPB population growth and highest concentration of tree mortality is in close proximity to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Tree mortality has reached nearly 100% in much of the affected area, and infestation has recently been observed within the Memorial.

On Tuesday February 23, 2010, a National Park Service Rapid Resource Assessment Team (RRAT) arrived at the Memorial to develop an action plan to evaluate the potential impacts of mountain pine beetle infestation on the ponderosa pine forests of the Memorial. The draft plan is complete, and is available for public review.
Comment Period: Closed        03/01/2010 - 03/15/2010
Document Content:
Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan   (5.7 MB, PDF file)
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