Forest Service removing beetle-damaged trees.
(KOTA-TV) The Forest Service is taking some proactive measures to protect visitors to a popular campground.
Roubaix Campground is closed for a few days as crews from Box Elder Job Corps remove around 200 trees infested with Mountain Pine Beetle.
Job Corps Assistant Fire Management Officer Robert Cota says the removals give students a chance to earn work– based learning hours, and it’s being done for safety reasons, as well as mitigating potential fire hazards within the campground.
“The recreational folks come in here to stay, or camp or picnic, they won’t have the trees above them that are weakened by the Mountain Pine Beetle”, said Cota.
Campgrounds throughout the Black Hills National Forest are scheduled to open May 20th.
Forest management asks that visitors to not enter campgrounds if the gates are closed or barricades are present.
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