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If a tree falls in the forest across a trail and there isn’t a trail volunteer around…is it still a problem?

Why…Yes! It is…somebody has to deal with it or it becomes a bigger problem for our trail sustainability.

Recently, we had 30 plus volunteers combine about 240 hours to maintain 86 miles of single track trails; it was an exercise in cooperation, taking care of the necessary trail maintenance while spending time on the trail in our backyard that we call the Black Hills.

We can replicate this success with all of our trails…Single Track, 62”, Open for All (rock crawler), and FS system roads. When deadfall trees block our routes, they need to be removed as soon as possible to avoid the little spider trails that develop to get around the blockage. Our friends within the BHNF also need to know the size of the tree and location, it’s all part of the bigger picture of managing the forest that we love to recreate in.

What I am suggesting is an “Adopt-A-Trail” program that volunteers can do some of the necessary maintenance while out doing what they’re already doing…riding in the hills…we are the eyes for the FS…we are the helping hand that cleans up trash, identifies trouble spots, removes deadfall…where we are falling short is getting the information back to the people that need it.

If you want to help, email blackhillstrailvolunteers@gmail.com with your contact information and the trail or trail numbers you want to adopt, we can start tracking the work and hours you are already doing, get it passed on to the right people and improve the overall riding experience for all of us.

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Dave Hague
Black Hills Trail Volunteer Coordinator
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If a tree falls in the forest across a trail and there isn’t a trail volunteer around…is it still a problem?

Why…Yes! It is…somebody has to deal with it or it becomes a bigger problem for our trail sustainability.

Recently, we had 30 plus volunteers combine about 240 hours to maintain 86 miles of single track trails; it was an exercise in cooperation, taking care of the necessary trail maintenance while spending time on the trail in our backyard that we call the Black Hills.

We can replicate this success with all of our trails…Single Track, 62”, Open for All (rock crawler), and FS system roads. When deadfall trees block our routes, they need to be removed as soon as possible to avoid the little spider trails that develop to get around the blockage. Our friends within the BHNF also need to know the size of the tree and location, it’s all part of the bigger picture of managing the forest that we love to recreate in.

What I am suggesting is an “Adopt-A-Trail” program that volunteers can do some of the necessary maintenance while out doing what they’re already doing…riding in the hills…we are the eyes for the FS…we are the helping hand that cleans up trash, identifies trouble spots, removes deadfall…where we are falling short is getting the information back to the people that need it.

If you want to help, email blackhillstrailvolunteers@gmail.com with your contact information and the trail or trail numbers you want to adopt, we can start tracking the work and hours you are already doing, get it passed on to the right people and improve the overall riding experience for all of us.

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Dave Hague
Black Hills Trail Volunteer Coordinator

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Can volunteers cut the deadfall with chain saws? Many of us carry saws.

Where was this pic taken? What part of SD..

First couple runs of the year at season opening we always take a chainsaw, that and the majority of my winch use has been dragging fells off the trail. I can't stand when people just go around and tear up the trails.

This guy appears to be a big boy or girl. As always, do NOT harass the wildlife.

Cool sighting since there haven't been black bears in the Black Hills permanently since the early 1900s.

Stay safe and Ride With Respect!
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Hopefully this bear doesn’t meet the same fate of like every moose someone takes a pictures of in the hills.

Eddie Bales

Chesni Simpson

Jen DeGroff

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#RideWithRespectWith all the recent rain in the Black Hills, I thought it would be good to discuss mud puddles! When you come across water on the trails, do not go around it. Proceed slowly through the water. Going around the standing water will widen the trails. Also, only go through the water once. Do not play in the puddle. Your cooperation in protecting our trails is much appreciated.
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#treadlightly 
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I see this in my area. 1/2" deep and many people go around. One main corridor trail across from my house was widened out 100'± on each side because it had 6" of water on it. That area has a rock solid bottom.

I go through at a reasonable speed. No matter how slow you go through, your machine will get mud on it. Then when you have it on your trailer, ignore those who complain that you have a muddy UTV and should be banned from the trails.

Same rule at our park, they are NOT play areas!

They would have to take their foot off the gas if they run into that water though.....

This advise works about as well as the zipper method for merging traffic...

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Please close gates, ranchers don't need the extra work of herding cattle back in.

If you are in a large group, the rider that opens the gate puts a rock on the post so the last rider knows to close the gate (then take the rock down).

#ridewithreapect
#treadlightly
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Please close gates, ranchers dont need the extra work of herding cattle back in. 

If you are in a large group, the rider that opens the gate puts a rock on the post so the last rider knows to close the gate (then take the rock down).

#ridewithreapect
#treadlightly

Your chance to be heard.Please Note: The e-mail to submit comments is: comments-rocky-mountain-black-hills-northern-hills@fs.fed.us. A dash was missing in the initial social media post, but has been corrected. Comments can also be submitted by the various other methods mentioned below.

The Northern Hills Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest is asking for public comments on a proposed exploration drilling project near Nemo, SD.

The project would include up to 32 exploratory drilling sites to search for iron minerals on National Forest System (NFS) land. Each drill site would measure approximately 30X50 feet, for a combined estimated acreage of 1.25 acres. Drill holes would be approximately three inches in diameter and be drilled to a depth of around 200 feet.

Access to the drill sites would be along NFS roads and motorized trails 8254, 8256, and 8257.

This proposed project is for exploratory drilling, not mining. A separate environmental analysis would be required for any proposed mining activity to occur in the future.
The proposed location is densely forested terrain with scattered rock and brush. All sites would be reclaimed following drilling activities. The project is expected to last one year or less. Should project activities go beyond that time, additional environmental analysis may be necessary.

A public meeting is planned for this project at the Nemo Community Hall, 12746 Nemo Rd. Nemo, SD, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

All public comments on the proposed action will be considered prior to making a final decision. Comments must be submitted by June 22, 2022.

Please submit comments to Steve Kozel at 2014 N. Main St., Spearfish, SD 57783. You may also submit comments via e-mail (comments-rocky-mountain-black-hills-northern-­hills@fs.fed.us), online (www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=62237), by telephone (605-642-4622), or fax (605-642-4156). Any questions regarding the project can be directed to Steve Kozel or Chris Stores (Natural Resources Planner) at the phone number listed above, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (MT). When submitting comments electronically, please include the project name in the subject line.
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