Dakota bug battle creates odd allies

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Dakota bug battle creates odd allies

Joe Shark, 29, a resident of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, cuts a tree infested with mountain pine beetles in South Dakota’s Custer State Park as part of the Lakota Logging Project.
Veronica Zaragovia/Associated Press file photo
Several trees on this logging truck in the Black Hills of South Dakota are blue-stained, a sign of a fungus introduced into the tree by the mountain pine beetle. The infiltration of the bug has left countless trees dead and tribal farmers with long-standing opposition to logging are helping to clear the infected trees in order to save the non-infected ones.

Dakota bug battle creates odd allies

Joe Shark, 29, a resident of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, cuts a tree infested with mountain pine beetles in South Dakota’s Custer State Park as part of the Lakota Logging Project.
Veronica Zaragovia/Associated Press file photo
Several trees on this logging truck in the Black Hills of South Dakota are blue-stained, a sign of a fungus introduced into the tree by the mountain pine beetle. The infiltration of the bug has left countless trees dead and tribal farmers with long-standing opposition to logging are helping to clear the infected trees in order to save the non-infected ones.
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