Aspen Restoration & Forest Health Workshop

Aspen Restoration & Forest Health Workshop

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Many areas in the Black Hills and further west have seen quaking aspen stands slowly declining and disappearing over time. Aspen provide benefits including species diversity, wildlife habitat and aesthetic values. Increased species diversity contributes to overall forest resiliency.

A workshop promoting forest health and stewardship will be held on Nov. 5 at the Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail in Rapid City, from 10 a.m. to noon (MDT). This event will provide landowners and the general public an opportunity to learn about quaking aspen and successful management strategies to restore these unique stands across the landscape. Additional topics to be discussed include other forest management options to promote forest resiliency and the current status of the mountain pine beetle epidemic in the Black Hills.

Presenters at this workshop include Dr. John Ball, SDSU Extension forestry specialist and forest health specialist for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA); Shelly Deisch, wildlife biologist for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks; and Parks Brigman, forest stewardship coordinator for SDDA.

For more information, call Parks Brigman at 605.394.2395 or email john.brigman@state.sd.us.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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