National Forest

Dakota Midday: New Black Hills Forest Supervisor Mark Van Every

Sep 29, 2016
Black Hills National Forest

The Black Hills National Forest has a new supervisor.  

Mark Van Every oversees everything on Forest Service land in the Black Hills from the effort to fight forest fires and pine beetles to efforts to ensure public access and protect public resources.

Van Every took the helm in the new position this summer.    He’s now had some time to settle into the job, and he sat down in the Rapid City studio with SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray.  Click play below to hear the interview.

Prescribed Burns Planned In Black Hills

Oct 22, 2015
Black Hills National Forest

Officials with the Black Hills National Forest are planning a series of prescribed burns across the Hills in the coming months.   Fall weather can bring the right conditions for larger scale controlled burning.   

Chris Stover is an Assistant Fire Management Officer with the Forest Service on the Mystic Ranger District in the Black Hills.   
“The prime reason we like to burn is that fire is an ecologically necessary part of the environment in which we live here,” says Stover.