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Page 6 October 18, 2012 Beef Talk By Kris Ringv, all. Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service BLM timb BELLE FOU'RCHE, S.D. - A BLM timber sale west of Deadwood near a partially developed subdivi- sion is going smoothly, according to the South Dakota Field Office head- quartered in Belle Fourche. The Sugarloaf Mountain timber sale area encompasses scattered pri- vate land, culturally significant structures and part of the George S. Mickleson National Recreation Trail. The harvest objective is to remove ponderosa pine trees that are ird'ested with mountain pine bee- tle; the tiny insect responsible for massive tree die-offs in conifer stands across the west The BLM operation is part of a wider eftbrt to thwart the beetle epi- demic in the Black Hills, the results of which are increasingly evident by the growing numbers of dead, rust- colored trees that stand in contrast among live pondemsas. B[:M staffers Biologist Chuck Berdan and Outdoor Recreation Plalmer Bitsy Stiller first made the determination to treat the Sugarloaf area in 2011. According to Stiller, ,- DI ~a' ;wrea~ ~e appeare~l to have last' seen timber cutting activity l0 to 20 years ago, Subsequent to "the initial inspection, the BLM determined that timing was critical to treat the area before the beetles flew again in the late sunamer of 2012. "'In addition to dense stands of pondd'osa pine there were areas of pine regeneration under the large over story, as well as pine within predominately aspen and birch stands,"' said Stiller. "'All areas had groups of green mountain pine bee- tle hit trees." Lawrence County crews were used to inventory and mark the green infested trees last winter uti- lizing invasive species funding to cover the costs. Approximately 2,800 trees were recorded via GPS and identified for removal. Due to the stand conditions, the BLM determined that the removal of additional live trees would help reduce stress, open the stands and inhibit beetle infestation in remain- ing trees. Spacing and size goals for the stands were calculated and the cruise was completed in less than two geeks using BLM firefighters from Belle Fourche, Ekalaka and Camp Crook. "The timber was offered forpub- lic sale on June 4, 20127" said Stiller. "One bid was received and accepted and the first tree was felled June 12, 2012." As of Sept. 21 Neiman Timber Company fi'om Hulett, Wyo. has cut harvest going well A tracked feller-buncher grips a fresh cut tree as it moves it away from the harvest zone toward a staging area. Later, a skid- der will move the stacked trees to a location where they will be de-limbed in preparation for transport. The BLM Sugarloaf Mountain timber sale objective is to harvest ponderosa pine to control the spread of mountain pine beetles. (Courtesy Photo) approximately 80 percent of the 433 acres and removed over 12,000 tons of timber. The mountain pine beetle was originally discovered in the Black Hills early in the 20th century and was given the moniker "Black Hills Beetle." Afterwards, when it was determined that the insect was- prevalent across the mountain west and one of a multitude of similar tree beetle types, it was given its present name. High-density tree stands with trees that are predomi- nantly the same age with about 8 inch diameter or larger trunks seem to be the prefen'ed hosts. Beetles will typically attack in overwhelming numbers and the tree will futilely try to defend itself by over-producing resin. Once a tree has been infested it's all over. The best recourse to stop the unwelcome residents from spreading is to remove the infected tree for pro- cessing or at least "chunking" into two-foot sectiong before the beetles take flight in late July or early August. Spraying uninfected trees and pheromone traps are chemical options that appear to have met with some success in other areas. MuJti-aged stands are less attrac- tive tO the beetles and therefore one of the side benefits of ::he Sugarloaf sale The Black Hills is a combina- tion of federal, state and private land; more than 500,000 acres have been impacted by pine beetles since 1997, according to the Black Hills Regional Mountain Pine Beetle Strategy, .dated May 21,2012. State parks continue to Through the third quarter of 2012, North Dakota State. Parks came up just short of a million visi- tors, but will exceed the million vis- : itor mark for the fourth consecutive year by the end of 2012. Through September, there were good visitation 999,573 visitors to North Dakota's state parks, up 13 percent fl'om last year. A continued mild fall and early winter could see up to 100,000 more visitors by the year's end. North Dakota State Parks have reduced some services with the end of the regular camping seasoll, but the parks, campsites and year round cabins remain available to the pub- lic throughout the winter. During the off-season those phmning a visit should call the park directly to find out what is available. Board accepting township energy impact requests. The State Land Board encour- ages townships in oil and gas deveF opment areas to apply for'grant funds, available to address trans- portation improvements on local roads and infrastructure. Organized townships that have experienced impacts as a direct result ot" oil and gas activity and traffic are eligible for funds. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 31, 2012, by the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office, which operates the grant program on behalf of the Land Board. Grant requests lk)l" one-time proj- ects related to building or improving physical assets will receive top-pri- ority consideration. An advisory committee nmde up of city, county and other local governmen~ officials will make recommendations for the allocation of grant ftmds. The Land Board, made up of Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Secretary of Wayne Stenehjem, State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt and Superintendent of Public Instruction Wayne Sanstead, will award energy impact grants in December 2012 for this grant round. Nearly $125 million of oil and gas development impact grant funds have been @proved during the 2011-2013 biennium. Applicati'ons and additional information are available on the North Dakota Energy Impact web State A1 Jaeger, Attorney General site: www.nd.gov/energyimpact. / We are halfway through the fall semester, so students are busy learning. The reality of skipping class or slacking off is starting to show up for some. For others, the self-fulfilling rewards of better understanding how the world works is becoming evident. The hallways always have a question or two, even if the ques- tions are not about a class assign- meat. For students today, not unlike those of yesterday, the chal- lenge in how to put all the pieces together remains. However, the answers are not insurmountable. Even for those who teach, keeping up with the ever-tmfold-, ing scrolls of knowledge is diffi- cult. A smile is worth producing as one listens to those who moan and groan about the complexities of modern living and the desire to go back to those "simpler times." Even those who prod ahead by challenging students to think and comprehend outside of their cho- sen box occasionally ask for the same. Ilae tact of the matter is that the world never will become simpler, so, by whatever mechanism one can, one needs to push forward to , understand what it is that the world learned today. The business of beef always changes, so understanding beef from conception to consumption is multidimensional. Occasionally, as I travel around, one encounters sentiments that really wish our advancements in understanding about how things work would go away. Although ,one could sympa- thize briefly, the reality is that the pursuit of doing things better is deeply engrained in all of us. We want to know the "why" and "how" of the world. Perhaps someday all will be known, but for now, we are not even close. Even the simple things in life are not always understood. As fall arrives and the world around us ch'ills, we seek warmer places. Some might say we are like geese looking for a way out. We start to hustle a little more and phm ahead, but somehow, unlike geese, we muster the strength and desire to stay put and prepare for seasonal change and the upcoming winter weather. Some may venture to say that geese are. the smarter component of our conversation because they can find their way south without a map or a smart electronic device. However, we do know and under- stand what it takes, to live in this world and we do seem to adjust. Even though the path may be tough, we make the c'ommitment to forge ahead. While forging ahead, we learn to better understand the world around us and how it works. Times Inav have 1~ . but seldom do you find anyone who wants to reptow old ground. In other words, if someone has fig- ured out a better way to do things, why not adapt and try the new? Not everything works, but trying is easier than starting over. The world of beef re,ally is no different than the many other liv- ing systems we try to tmderstand. We do not know all the retisons, but as fall arrives, other living things are looking to hibernate, depart to wal'mer climates or, as in the case of a few, adapt and devel- op specific strategies to survive I ife is programmed in all that is around us. The challenge to understand is not uniquely assigned to those in classes but to all of us. We are chal! aged to better understand the ', ~gy behind !;r- ing systems. We are far from fully understanding all there is to know about raising beef, so we must be willing to keep looking and learn- ing. Every day, the classroom is the place to challenge and expand how it is that we have come this far in this place we call home. The tools change every year, and each class has a new toolbox. Some would say life really doesn't change that fast. That might be true, but don't tell those who are climbing a mountain. There is no need to look down," only up tO the eventual destina- tion. We still do not fully know why geese go soutff, why bears hiber- nate or why the trees let go of their leaves in the fall. We do know that it is good that we harvested the wheat, picked the pumpkins and good that we prepare for the changing seasons and provide fbr the living things we are entrusted with. Furthermore, it is good that we helped the poor, spent time with those who are less fortunate and shared our prosperity with those who have less. All this is good, but it gets better~ When we read, study andseek to extend our understand- ing of the world around us, we ultimately increase our knowl- edge. Thus, the process of under- standing how things work allows us to better understand how to make things work better. May you find all your ear tags. (Ringwall is a North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock specialist and the Dickinson Research Extension Center director.) Farmers Union to open new restaurant WASHINGTON Founding Farmers, the greenest restaurant in Washington D.C will soon have a new sister restaurant located just 10 blocks away. The North Dakota Famers Union (NDFU) and The Farm, the restaurant management company behind Founding Farmers, announce the arrival of Farmers Fishers Bakers, which will open in early November in Georgetown at The Washingtdn Harbour. "We are so pleased to be open- ing a Completely new restaurant at The Washington Harbour in Georgetown," said Dan Simons, partner/concept developer, Founding Farmers/Farmers Fishers Bakers restaurants; and principal of Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group. A recent extensive renova- tion and upgrade to the waterfront .lifestyle center at Washington Harbour includes a brand new tbundation on the plaza level lor warmer months, which converts to an ice rink in the winter months. Farmers Fishers Bakers will have prime views of the action from nearly every seat in the dining 1"OOI11. The American menu at Farmers Fishers Bakers offers a selection of farmer, fisher and baker centric dishes for lunch, dinner, brunch, as well as a 'Farmhouse Sushi bar. Developed by Corporate Executive Chef Joe Goetze and .Executive Chef Lisa Marie Frantz, the region- ally inspired menu is designed for an 'unstructured.' farmhouse style, eat-what-you-want-at~your-pace dining experience, where sharing is encouraged. / Board changes made for North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame The North Dakota Cowboy Halt of Fame has two new members of the board of directors, filling recent vacancies. F~:ed Sorenson, White Earth, is a retired rancher originally from Ross. Buying his ranch at the age of 26, Sorenson has been involved in several community organiza- tions, boards and commission through his life. Recently he has been a trustee for the NDCHF and served 11 years on the North Dakota Stockmen's Association board of directors. Sorenson replaced Russ Danielson, Harwood. Danielson is a retired NDSU agriculture instructor and served on the NI~ICHF board since 1997. ;Beginning in 1986 through 2003, Steve Tomac, St Anthony, served in both houses of the state Legislature. He is a life member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and has been on the Badlands Circuit Board from 1987 to 2004. Tomac may be best remembered as the well- respected rodeo clown. He was inducted in to the NDCHF in 2008. He r~nches near Mandan with his brother and works at Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck. Tomac assumed the seat vacated by Ray Morrell. Morrell has served on the NDCHF board since 1995 and assumed the role as the organiza- tion's executive director. 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The Legion functions as a powerful and signifi- cant force in fostering patriotism and promoting the values and ideals that have made our country great. Our Post is in need of active members willing to join and assist with the numerous programs we con- duct. If you are a dues paying member of the Post, come to out, monthly meetings at 7 p,m. on the sec- ond Thursday of each month. Meetings are normally concluded within an hour. If you are not a member and wish to join, contact Harvey Peterson, Post ad- jutant, at 872-3716, or Henry Gerving, Post Com- mander, at 872-4673. We need your support.