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Release Date: 06/29/11
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7660    

Big Hole Campgrounds Reopen After Beetle Treatment

Three camping areas in the Big Hole River region reopened Tuesday after Bureau of Land Management workers sprayed trees with the pesticide carbaryl to help prevent further mountain pine beetle infestations.

Thanks to favorable weather conditions for the beetle-treatment work, Dickie Bridge and East Bank campgrounds and Bryant Creek dispersed camping site reopened to the public at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

About 500 lodgepole pine trees were sprayed with carbaryl from high-pressure spray equipment which soaked the tree trunks.

Carbaryl, when applied correctly, lasts for two years and is nearly 99 percent effective at protecting trees from mountain pine beetles. Carbaryl is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency for mountain pine beetle control. Contractors spraying lodgepole pine followed strict precautions to ensure public safety.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012