Forest Service

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... June 5, 2019 Show 589 Hour 1

In August of 1944, the creation of Smokey Bear was authorized by the Forest Service. The Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention Campaign is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, educating many about their role in preventing wildfires.

Jay Esperance, South Dakota's Wildland Fire Director, joins In The Moment. 

Training Wildland Firefighters

May 31, 2018

There are 31 new firefighters ready to battle wild fires in the Black Hills this summer. The new crew got their training in late May at the Black Hills Interagency Fire School near Nemo. Robert Cota is the assistant fire management officer at the Box Elder Job Corps Center. Cota says the course includes 40 hours of classroom training and a day of field exercises. Recruits learn about pumps and hoses, shovels and picks, and the various incendiary devices firefighters use on the job. But most of all, they learn how to stay safe in what can be a very dangerous environment. 

In The Moment...January 24 2017 Show 014 Hour 1

Guests: Hayley Brooks, genocide studies advocate; LuAnn Severson, director of public affairs and public development with the South Dakota Health Care Association; SD Senator Neal Tapio;  Jim Allan, retired forest service employee and public lands liason

Dakota Midday: Bike to Work Week

May 16, 2016

May 16 kicks off Bike to Work Week as part of the National Bike Challenge. Chad Pickard of Spoke N’ Sport in Sioux Falls joins Midday to discuss events and energizer stations throughout the city and how the morning commute could become the best part of your day. Also, Tim Rangitsch is the owner of ACME Bike Shop in Rapid City. He joins us to discuss Rapid City bike week events and the current debate about public access to Forest Service land for mountain bike trails. 

Black Hills Firefighter Wins National Award

Apr 29, 2016
Black Hills National Forest

Todd Pechota  is the National Forest Fire Management Officer of the Year.

He works for the Black Hills National Forest and lives in Custer.  

Pechota is a Type One Incident Commander.   He is the leader of one of only 16 type one teams in the United States.   Firefighters at this level are assigned to the very worst wildfires in the country.

Pechota acknowledges his team for the award.  

Plan To Protect Rare Black Hills Plants And Research Areas

Oct 20, 2015
Chelsea Monks / Forest Service

The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are planning to set aside a few natural and botanical areas in the Black Hills.   

The areas hold a scientific value and contain rare plants that grow in fragile environments.   The plan would prohibit mining and quarry operations on sites that are designated Research Natural Areas and Botanical Areas.

Black Hills Firefighter Memorial Set for Sunday And Monday

Aug 4, 2015
Black Hills National Forest

The memorial for fallen firefighter Dave Ruhl begins on Sunday with a 1:00 pm procession starting at the Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Cathedral. The procession moves down 5th street to a 2:00 pm visitation at the Rapid City Civic Center. Memorial services at the Civic Center begin at 3:00 pm.

A funeral at the Cathedral follows on Monday at 10:00 am. Ruhl is set to be interred at Black Hills National Cemetery.

Forest Service Begins New Beetle Attack Plan

Dec 17, 2012

Forest Service Officials are rolling out a new plan to deal with the extensive Pine Beetle infestation going on in the Black Hills.

The Mountain Pine Beetle Response Project intends to streamline the attack on new pine beetle infestation areas.  

It uses about $70-million dollars of existing funds over the next five to seven years and targets over 240,000 acres.

Forest Service Proposes Sale of Pactola Work Center

Sep 28, 2012

The Forest Service is planning to sell a ranger work station in the Black Hills.  The Pactola Work Center on Rimrock Highway includes forty acres with three cabins, a large garage, and several other outbuildings.  As SDPB's Charles Michael Ray reports, the Forest Service first set aside the property for use in 1907.