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South Dakota has surveyed 240,000 acres for pine beetles

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says more than 240,000 acres have been surveyed for mountain pine beetle infestations since the state launched an effort to fight the beetles two years ago.

Daugaard says crews have treated 335,000 trees on private and state land in the Black Hills. Nearly 200,000 trees have been cut down or otherwise treated on private land, and 135,000 trees have been treated in Custer State Park and other state land.

Landowners can sign up through Sept. 13 for the 2013-2014 season of surveying and marking infested trees. Landowners are responsible for treating infested trees, but the state also has a cost sharing program.

State Forester Ray Sowers (SOW-urs) says years of treatment have resulted in fewer infested trees in Custer State Park.

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