South Dakota's Mickelson Trail Cleaning Up After Removal of ‘Beetle’ Trees
LEAD, S.D. – The state departments of Agriculture and Game, Fish and Parks have finished a four-month project that removed mountain pine beetle infested trees along the Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills.
Crews have been removing and chipping infested trees along the trail rights-of-way in an effort to slow the bug’s impact on scenery along the popular route.
“The infested trees will die and if not removed, could eventually fall across the trail creating a safety hazard,” said Dana Garry, trail manager. “About 2,700 trees have been treated so far. We will monitor the flight of the mountain pine beetle next fall, and continue to treat from those findings.”
Crews will be cleaning debris and placing new trail material throughout the summer.
No trail sections will close during the cleanup process, but those who use the trail are asked to be aware of the ongoing work.
Check the Mickelson Trail website for updates at www.mickelsontrail.com or “like” the George S. Mickelson Trail on Facebook.