Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dakotas SAF Fall Conference

October 5th and 6th is the Dakotas Society of American Foresters conference in Deadwood, SD.  This year's conference is about Large Scale Disturbances in the Black Hills. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mountain Pine Beetles-Mt. Rushmore

DSAF Mt. Rushmore Pine Beetle Marking Opportunity

The Dakotas Society of American Foresters (DSAF), in conjunction with Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota Department of Ag, and South Dakota State University, will be hard at work on Saturday, March 5th, marking mountain pine beetle infested trees as part of an ongoing sanitation program within the 1,272 forest boundary of Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.

As many are aware, the current pine beetle epidemic is spreading rapidly across the Black Hills, killing trees on hundreds of thousands of acres. DSAF first shed light on the potential impacts of the epidemic on the Memorial’s legacy forest at their 2009 Fall Conference, pointing out the need to proactively manage the forest to fend off the tiny tree killer. Since then, DSAF has closely worked with the Memorial in implementing their forest management plan to save this legacy forest and preserve the landscape that makes Mt. Rushmore the success it is. Please email Carson at cengelskirger@hills.net if you would like to help out & for planning purposes. We will provide lunch and water.

Saturday, March 5th, marking crews will be combing the Memorial’s forest in search of infested trees where they will mark them for treatment in the near future.

Who: Dakotas Society of American Foresters in conjunction with other project partners

What: Marking pine beetle infested trees with paint as part of sanitation efforts

When: Saturday, March 5th at 8am. Crews will head to the woods at this time to begin marking. At 10am, there will be another opportunity at the same parking lot for press to meet, and obtain footage and info.

Where: Meet across the road from the Mt. Rushmore parking lot entrance. There will be several vehicles parked there (do not go into the parking ramp and through the fee booths)

Why: Part of the Memorial’s Forest Management efforts to protect the legacy forest from the oncoming pine beetle epidemic that has the potential to negatively impact this forest resource.

Monday, September 13, 2010

September DSAF Luncheon-Sept. 28, 2010

Join us for a DSAF Luncheon!

Topic: Black Hills Beetle- A History of the Mountain Pine Beetle in the Black Hills
Presenter: Bill Coburn, CF
When: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 from 11:45 to 1:00
Where: Journey Museum in Rapid City (across from the Civic Center)
Who:  All SAF members and anyone else interested in becoming an SAF member
How Much:  $5.00 and that covers lunch!
RSVP to ppierson@spearfishfp.com is appreciated but not required to attend!

Register for the 2010 National Convention!

Alburquerque, New Mexico
October 27-31, 2010