More bark beetle events coming soon
Published: Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Custer City was rocking and rolling in the middle of winter. The very successful Jan. 19 invocation and kick-off music festival, the Bug Crawl, brought more than 400 people to Custer on a winter weekend. The Bug Crawl and the Bark Beetle Blues (BBB) to come are part of the Custer Arts Council programs and activities led by a large and varied group of volunteers.
The Bug Crawl was the first of a multi-part year-long celebration of change. The mountain pine beetle and its cousins are dramatically changing the view around Custer and throughout the Black Hills. We can see things we haven’t seen for decades, like rock formations and long-range views of the Northern Great Plains, not seen since Peter Norbeck personally chose our famous Black Hills highways and byways.
There's more to come. The BBB committee is working to have the week of April 8 proclaimed Bark Beetle Blues Week in Custer. This second of five events will kick off the spring in Custer. On April 11 there will be a group book discussion at the library led by Kathy Antonen and featuring U.S. Forest Service entomologist Angela Ambourn. “The Empire of the Beetle” by author Andrew Nikiforuk, a Canadian, is the focus of the discussion. Canada has already been down the bark beetle road and has developed a lot of good ideas for dealing with change. People can get a book and sign up at the Custer and Hermosa libraries.
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