Retaining meadows in the Black Hills

FOCAL REGION: Great Open Spaces

FOCAL LANDSCAPE: Black Hills–Pine Ridge (Lawrence County, South Dakota, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management acreage)

OVERALL COST ESTIMATE: $40,000 (NWTF contribution: $ 3,000, partner contribution: $37,000)

  • Remove conifers within hardwood stands
  • Retain meadows
  • Tools and techniques include hand-felling with chainsaws, lopping and scattering, girdling and mechanical piling to remove ponderosa pine and spruce from within and around aspen, birch and bur oak stands in the Sugarloaf project area
  • Benefits wild turkeys, elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, ruffed grouse and a variety of nongame bird and mammal species


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