Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

Against all odds, a 78-foot-high Black Hills spruce tree arrived in Washington D.C. on November 28, 1970 to serve as the White House Christmas tree during the Richard Nixon administration.…
The Mystic Ranger District Office, located at 8221 Mount Rushmore Road in Rapid City will remain open ahead of a fee increase slated for the Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass,…
The Golden Coyote training exercise will take place over the next two weeks in the Black Hills reports the Rapid City Journal.  Thirteen states, two territories, and one national territory…
U.S. Forest Service officials have recently declared an end to the 20-year pine beetle infestation in the Black Hills, but plans are moving forward with how to prevent future pine…
With just 2,500 acres affected by pine beetles in 2016, the pine beetle epidemic in the Black Hills has ended, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. As noted in its 2016…
After five years, a 2,300 acre tract of tribal land known as Pe'Sla has been put into federal trust, KOTA reports. The land was purchased in 2012 for $9 million…
A new app for tablets and smart phones was released by the Black Hills National Forest, reports KOTA News. The app will provide users with information including area wildlife, camp…
The reaction of many West River legislators to Gov. Dennis Daugaard's State of the State address cited one common theme--leave Spearfish Canyon alone. The Rapid City Journal has pointed out…
Permits for the winter burning season are now available for the Black Hills Forest Fire District, according to a news release by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. The permits…
In an effort to reduce the chance of future wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service has begun burning slash piles in the northern Black Hills, reports KOTA TV News. Recent snowfall…
The turkey population in the Black Hills remains high, although a decline has been seen across South Dakota, reports the Rapid City Journal. A lack of available space for nesting…
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is seeking public input on management of South Dakota’s forests, as indicated in a news release by the State of South Dakota. The agency…
The U.S. Forest Service published new information on the history of pine beetles in the Black Hills this week, as reported in a press release by the agency and KOTA…
Last week, the Black Hills National Forest received the 2016 Accessibility Accomplishment Award, according to a news release by the forest service unit. The award recognizes dedication and commitment to…
In late September, discussion surrounding a permit system for mountain bikers and other non-motorized trail patrons was raised at a Black Hills National Forest Service advisory board meeting, as reported…
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a new plan aimed to increase resiliency of the Black Hills National Forest, as reported by the Black Hills Pioneer. The…
South Dakota will accept the decision of the US Board on Geographic Names to rename Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak, reports the Rapid City Journal. Governor Daugaard stated that he does…
The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has renamed Harney Peak in the Black Hills to Black Elk Peak. The Rapid City Journal reports that the decision was based on the…
As of Monday, the Crow Peak Fire has been fully contained and control has been handed over to a Type 3 Incident Management Team, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Since…
Mark Van Every will be replacing Craig Bobzien in August as Supervisor for the Black Hills National Forest, following Bobzien’s retirement in April, reports the Rapid City Journal. Bobzien has…
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