Logging Crews Working Near Harney Peak Trail
CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – Hikers are asked to use caution while logging crews remove Mountain Pine Beetle-infested trees along hiking trail number 9 to Harney Peak.
Tree removal affects 1 mile of the Harney Peak trail along with several other areas of the park. The project is expected to take 2 to 3 weeks to complete.
For more information, contact Custer State Park at 605-255-4515.
More events scheduled at the Songbird.
Several years ago..Custer SD was home to a great coffee house called the Songbird. Many locals enjoyed great music when they held concerts. Well…something is happening and there will again be music played at the Songbird.
Winter has come early to the Black Hills. Many of you have probably heard about the blizzard in early Oct that put many in the area without power for many days and killed thousands of cattle…. Well, I don’t expect that to happen today, but they have CLOSED Iron Mountain Road due to the “wintery mix” today and Needles Highway is most likely closed for the season.
Riders Can Still Register for 16th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek
LEAD, S.D. – Openings still exist for riders to take part in the 16th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek on Friday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, say park officials. The deadline for registration is Sept. 1.
Registration can be completed online by visiting www.mickelsontrail.com and following the “Trail Trek” link. Registration is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The ride is open to all bicyclists 14 years of age or older. Riders will cover 109 miles of the trail over three days. The Trail Trek highlights the George S. Mickelson Trail as it winds through the heart of the Black Hills from Edgemont to Lead-Deadwood.
The registration fee includes the trail pass, shuttle service, commemorative souvenirs, refreshments and some meals. Riders are responsible for accommodations and mechanical support.
The ride began as a celebration of the completion of the rails-to-trails project. It continues today to introduce new bicyclists to the trail and thank supporters for their long-standing enthusiasm for the Black Hills trail.
For more information on the Mickelson Trail or the Trail Trek, visitwww.mickelsontrail.com or contact the Black Hills Trail office at 605-584-3896.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Scott Jacobson, (605) 673-9216
Date: July 30, 2013
Harney Peak Lookout Tower Maintenance Volunteers Needed
Custer, SD – The Black Hills National Forest is seeking volunteers to assist with maintenance efforts at the historic Harney Peak Lookout Tower within the Black Elk Wilderness from Sept. 9 through Sept. 14, 2013.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation through the Historic Preservation Fund is providing financial support to the Forest Service for this project.
Designated by Congress in 1980, the Black Elk Wilderness encompasses 13,426 acres within the picturesque granitic formations of the Black Hills National Forest. Construction of the Harney Lookout Tower, located seven miles northeast of Custer, South Dakota, began in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps stationed at
Camp Doran. The site, which includes the stairway, dam, pump house, and main building, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 for its unique style of architecture, in addition to its association with the Civilian
Conservation Corps and historic recreational use.
Every year, over 30,000 visitors hike or ride horses on portions of the 38 mile trail system within the wilderness to reach the tower where they receive a panoramic view of South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.
“Even though the Harney Lookout Tower no longer functions as a fire lookout, historic integrity is maintained in a conscious manner that retains the site’s distinctive material and features,” said Matthew Padilla, Hell Canyon District Archaeologist “While preserving the characteristics of the Black Elk Wilderness, the Black
Hills National Forest will ensure that its legacy continues for future generations.”
Volunteers will work on maintenance efforts at the Harney Lookout Tower to install 19 replica windows and three replica doors. Additionally, the Forest Service will repair mortared stone stairs attached to the lookout tower. Materials will be transported to the tower by the Region 2 mule pack string and maintenance efforts will
be traditional, meaning no motorized equipment or wheeled tools will be used.
The project will be managed and supervised by the Black Hills National Forest. Previous construction experience is encouraged but not required. Tools and safety equipment will be provided. Transportation to and from the project area will be made on a daily basis. No camping will be allowed within the Black Elk Wilderness for the purposes of this project. All crew members must be physically fit and be willing to work long days in variable weather.
Those interested in participating, please contact Hell Canyon Ranger District Archaeologist Matthew Padilla by August 26, 2013 at (605) 673-4853 for more details. For more information on the Black Hills National Forest,