Environment

Environment
2:17 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Tree Park Builds New Education Center

Mabel and Judy Jasper Educational Center
Credit Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum

An arboretum in southeastern South Dakota has a new space for educating people about the area’s trees. Supporters of the outdoor museum say the latest addition benefits people who want to learn about the environment.

The Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum sits on the eastern fringe of Sioux Falls. For people who aren’t particularly outdoorsy, an arboretum is basically an educational tree park.

Chuck Gullickson is president of the board of directors at the Wegner Arboretum Society. He says the location’s landscape offers a natural foundation for the tree park.

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Environment
1:50 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Rick Abrahamson On Gardening

Credit Lowes

Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday for another gardening segment.  Abrahamson answered questions from listeners across the state.

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Environment
2:01 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Fighting Mountain Pine Beetles

Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.
Credit Farm & Livestock Directory

Last week, Governor Dennis Daugaard announced that more than 240,000 acres have been surveyed for Mountain Pine Beetle infestations since the Black Hills Forest Initiative began two years ago.  As a result of the surveys, crews have "cut and chunked" or otherwise treated 335,000 trees on private and state land.  Almost 1,900 landowners have participated in the initiative's cost-share program.  The South Dakota Departments of Agriculture and Game, Fish and Parks have contracted with several Black Hills area conservation districts to hire an average of 50 seasonal employees to keep ahead of c

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Environment- NPS - Birthday
11:53 am
Fri August 23, 2013

National Park Service Turns 97

Don Frankfort has worked as a ranger at Wind Cave National Park for 46 years.
Credit Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

 The National Park Service turns 97 this Sunday. All Americans are being invited to visit their nearby national parks for special events that are taking place from coast-to-coast.

From kite-building demonstrations at Wright Brothers National Memorial, to a river paddle at New River Gorge National River to a scenic railroad ride at Steamtown National Historic Site, America’s national parks offer something for the whole family.

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Environment
5:13 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Ag Producers Describe SD Farm Status

An annual farm show attracts thousands of people to Mitchell each August. Despite typical hot, muggy weather, farmers and ranchers from around the region gather to connect with manufacturers and developers. Producers also collaborate on issues from the status of their crops to federal funding, and they meet at DakotaFest.

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Environment
1:50 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Hot Weather Entering South Dakota

Laura Edwards, South Dakota State University Extension Climate Field Specialist

A surge of hot weather is hitting the state this week with temperatures reaching into the 90s and even the 100s in some places. This is expected to help farmers with their row crops. Because some crops got in later and cooler conditions this summer, crops are a little behind in development. But rain is needed to fill in pods in soybeans and grain fill in corn. According to most accounts, pollination has been good, but now those crops need moisture in the next few weeks.

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Environment
2:03 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Gardening Advice With Norm Evers

Norm Evers is Instructor Emeritus of Horticulture at South Dakota State University and the former manager of McCrory Gardens in Brookings. He's the owner of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora. Norm answers listener's lawn and garden questions.

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Environment - Wind Cave - Bison
10:57 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Wind Cave Celebrates Bison 100th Anniversary

The bison at Wind Cave National Park continue to be a healthy and growing herd.
Credit Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park is celebrating the anniversary of 14 American bison donated to the federal government in 1913 that would endure and grow to become the healthy herd of 400 that now roams the Southern Black Hills.

Today we visit descendants of those original bison with park personnel to discuss the herd’s history and the surprising story of their origin.

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Environment
1:26 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Ponderosa Pine Trees Being Threatened In Black Hills

Ponderosa Pine Tree

Andrew Smith, a private forester from Deadwood, and Bruce Weissman, Integrated Program Resource Manager at Mount Rushmore Memorial, talk about the tallest known Ponderosa pine tree in the Black Hills. It's been measured at 159 feet tall and is about 235 years old. But the tree has a few green branches mixed with some dead ones, leaving Smith concerned that the tree might not be around much longer. He's pushing for more protection for big trees in the Black Hills which are surrounded by strands infested by the Mountain Pine Beetle.

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Environment
2:18 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Mouse Model Study Shows Differences In Environment

A study addressing how location and sex can affect mouse models in scientific research authored by Pearce appears in July's issue of Scientific Reports. "Location and sex-specific differences in weight and motor coordination in two commonly used mouse strains" focuses on the migration of Pearce's mouse colony from the University of Rochester (NY) to Sioux Falls after his move to Sanford Research in 2009. Dr.

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Environment
2:33 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Gardening Questions With Julie Hoffman

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joins Dakota Midday for our semi-regular gardening segment to answer listeners' lawn and garden questions.

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Environment
1:42 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Golfing In South Dakota

There's still lots of time to swing the clubs in 2013 and Wade Merry, Executive Director of the South Dakota Golf Association, talks about some of South Dakota's top golf courses. Merry discusses the most popular, most challenging and most scenic courses as well as some hidden gems that are in smaller towns or off the beaten path.

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Environment
3:55 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

The Grizzly Fire in Black Hills

Approximately 35 firefighters are working toward full containment of a one and a half acre wildfire in the Black Hills.

The Grizzly fire is located in a fairly remote area- approximately one and a half miles east of Harney Peak. It was reported late Wednesday morning by a private helicopter business.

Scott Haas is the Acting District Ranger of the Hell Canyon Ranger District. He says the public is not in danger.

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Environment
1:40 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Gardening Tips With Rick Abrahamson

Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, answers listener's lawn and garden questions for our semi-regular gardening segment.

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Environment
1:30 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Weather Getting Hotter Across South Dakota

Dennis Todey

Climatologically, the middle of July brings the warmest period of the year for the state. This week, that climatology is being borne out with heat advisories over parts of the state because of excessive heat and humidity according to Todey. Despite the recent dryness in some areas, crop conditions have held steady or improved over the last several weeks. However, because of the early season wet and cool conditions, crops are delayed in development. Only 6 percent of corn is tasseling compared to the five-year average of 9 percent.

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Environment
1:37 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Norm Evers

Norm Evers, Instructor Emeritus of Horticulture at South Dakota State University and the former manager of McCrory Gardens in Brookings, joins Dakota Midday's bi-weekly gardening segment. He discussed tips on how much water to use to keep your garden and flowers growing, and answers listeners' questions.

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Environment
1:33 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

TRCP Launching Conservation Exchange

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is launching an exchange this summer between South Dakota farmers and ranchers and Louisiana Gulf fishermen to seek solutions to conserve America's native prairies and coastal waters. The Exchange will involve three South Dakota farm couples traveling to Cocodrie, Louisiana in July for a three-day educational outing.

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Environment
2:18 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Gardening And Horticultural Tips

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joins Dakota Midday's semi-regular gardening segment and answers listeners' horticultural questions.

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Environment
1:48 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Farming Conditions For South Dakotans

According to Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist, "The state's soil moisture profile has benefited from the recent rains over the last two weeks, even though there have been some heavy events that generate a lot of runoff. The outlook shows potential for warmer conditions to return on the two-week timeframe as high pressure builds over the Plains, but we are wondering an active pattern on the north side of the state.

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Environment
1:46 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Pennington County Master Gardener Joe Hillberry

Pennington County Master Gardener Joe Hillberry talks about gardening tips for Dakota Midday's semi-regular gardening segment.

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Environment
1:55 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

The Dangers Of Stormchasing

Credit KGN

Tim Samaras, one of the world's best-known storm chasers, died in Friday's El Reno, Oklahoma, tornado along with his son, Paul Samaras, and chase partner Carl Young. Samaras, who chased storms for 30 years, was best known for sampling conditions inside a tornado, and measuring the lowest barometric pressure drop ever recorded inside of a tornado --the one that destroyed the town of Manchester, South Dakota, on June 24, 2003. Heitkamp knew and worked with Tim Samaras.

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Environment
1:35 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

"BURN," A Documentary About Detroit Firefighters

"BURN" is a feature documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. Since 1950, racial tensions and vanishing industry have cut Detroit's population in half from 1.8 million, making it a housing market horror story and leaving behind 80,000 abandoned homes. And in Detroit, social problems manifest themselves in one way - FIRE. The result is a dying city with one of the highest arson rates in the world.

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Environment
1:25 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

The Causes Of Climate Change

SDPB news reporter Victoria Wicks visited with Don Kopp, a forestry consultant and State Representative from Rapid City, and Pat Zimmerman, former Director of the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, to get their takes on what causes the climate to change.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Rain And Dandelions

Norm Evers of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora discussed the latest challenges to planting and maintaining gardens and lawns.

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Environment - Water - Tribes
2:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Tribes Plan For Future At Water Summit

Water Summit logo
Credit Courtesy Mni Indigenous Water Summit Planning Team

Natives and non-Natives from across the continent journeyed to the 3-day water summit held on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Their time was spent discussing current concerns about protecting water sources as well as making plans for the future.

Mni Indigenous Water Summit spokesperson Candace Ducheneaux says tribal members from diverse backgrounds came to tell their stories about water issues.

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Environment - Water - Lakota
1:46 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Lakota Host Indigenous Water Summit

Water Summit logo.
Credit Courtesy Mni Indigenous Water Summit Planning Team

Native Americans from South Dakota are leading the effort to educate the public about water conservation, land restoration and clean accessible water. Grass roots Lakota tribal members are holding a three-day water summit on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Candace Ducheneaux is the water summit spokesperson. She says their goal, is to gain solidarity among the world’s indigenous populations in combating the world water crisis and the impacts of climate change.

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Environment
2:02 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

PUC Commissioner Gary Hanson

PUC Commissioner Gary Hanson.

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission chairman Gary Hanson says the world needs to transition to renewable energy but, because the industry and economy of fossil fuels is so huge and existing technology is limited, change won't come abruptly.  He visited with SDPB news reporter Victoria Wicks.

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Environment
1:31 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Drought Monitor Index

State climatologist Dennis Todey joins the program to discuss the latest drought conditions in South Dakota. The April snows and early May rains have been easing the drought across South Dakota. The most recent drought monitor index has about 45 percent of the state in the severe drought category and 21 percent in the extreme category. But unlike last summer, none of the state is in the exceptional drought category. However, spring snow, frost and cold along with soggy weather has led farmers to push back planting.

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Environment
2:07 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Julie Hoffman Of East River Nursery

After a cold and snowy April, gardeners are finally able to start digging in the dirt. Julie Hoffman discusses what gardeners can do to prepare their gardens.

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Environment
1:43 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Archaeology And Historical Preservation Month

South Dakota State Historical Society

Governor Dennis Daugaard has declared May Archaeology & Historical Preservation Month. This year's theme is "See! Save! Celebrate!" Vogt and Nelson discuss historical preservation efforts in South Dakota and why historical preservation is important. "This annual May celebration serves as a showcase for local communities to honor their past and help build their future," Vogt says.

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