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October - November 2011

Noem calls for grassroots letter-writing campaign KASHINMTNN, %.'. , U.S. Representative Qristi Noem, R-S%, is calling on concerned citiRens to write President Barack Nbama and Nancy Sutley, his top environment advisor, in support of efforts to stop the pine beetle from further destroying the Black Hills. Noem's call to action is in response to a recent refusal by federal agencies to allow for an expedited process to fight the pine beetle epidemic in the Black Hills. In Uuly, Noem wrote a letter to the U.S. Forest Service and the Khite House 'ouncil on Environmental Wuality asking that they utiliRe their authority for “alternative arrangements” to comply with the time-consuming National Environmental

Policy Act *NEPA+ process and the reZuired approval of an Environmental Impact Statement, which can take over a year. These alternative arrangements would get boots on the ground Zuickly. Noem said her intention was to implement an expedited plan before the beetles could infect more healthy trees in August, but received no decisive response from the agencies until September. In a letter dated Sept. 1\, the Forest Service and 'ouncil on Environmental Wuality wrote that they would not grant the reZuest for alternative arrangements in the Black Hills. “The emergency we are facing in the Black Hills reZuires something more than

SD Dept. of Ag warning against pine beetle cures RAPI% 'IT) *AP+ , The South %akota %epartment of Agriculture is warning Black Hills residents about so-called Emiracle curesE that promise to save a tree after it has become infested with mountain pine beetles. State Forester Ray Sowers says an increasing number of methods are being offered that promise to protect trees by increasing the amount of pitch the tree produces or claiming to infect beetles with a disease that eventually kills them. The beetles have killed millions of trees across the Rocky Mountain region. But Sowers says many of the products and methods have not been independently tested. The Agricultural %epartment says the only effective way to protect a pine tree from the beetles is to spray the trunk of a tree before the tree has been infested.

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the normal regulatory process,” Noem said. “Bureaucracy is keeping us from beating the beetles. The U.S. Forest Service and the Khite House have a process for emergencies such as ours, but so far they have refused to implement it. “I'm calling on every family in South %akota and across our country - anyone who has ever enjoyed the wonder and beauty of the Black Hills - to send a letter or an e-mail to the Khite House today to tell them how important it is that we save this treasure from the pine beetles.” Khen writing the letters, people need to reZuest the Khite House reconsider their denial of an expedited regulatory process for the Black Hills, and more information

about what to include in their letter is available at www.noem.house.gov. Emails can be sent to http^__www.whitehouse.gov_contact.

Letters should be addressed to: President Barac- .bama The Khite House 1`00 Pennsylvania Avenue NK Kashington, %' 20c00 C2airwoman 5ancy Sutley 'ouncil on Environmental Wuality 7e0 Uackson Place, NK Kashington, %' 20c0e

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