- Associated Press - Monday, April 18, 2016

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - The Black Hills National Forest will be spraying trees in several recreation areas to help protect them from mountain pine beetle infestation.

Forest Silviculturist Blaine Cook says about 3,700 trees will be sprayed across the forest starting on Tuesday. The spraying will continue for about a month or until all of the sites are complete. Wind, rain or other unforeseen weather events could delay the process.

Cook says the goal is to keep the trees in the areas to provide for a nice recreation experience.

Sites will be closed while crews are working, and some areas could be off limits to the public for one or more days.

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