National Park

In The Moment ... March 1, 2017 Show 040 Hour 1

We begin our program with SDPB’s political reporter Lee Strubinger. Today he explains Senate Bill 54 as it makes its way through the state legislature. It’s a measure intended to rework the state’s campaign finance requirements.

Earl Brockelsby

This week marks the 100th anniversary of National Parks. We’re kicking off a series of segments on National Parks with the story of a single Badlands cedar tree, loved by one family for generations.

This cedar sits on a point surrounded by steep cliffs in the Badlands National Park.    It resembles a Japanese bonsai. It’s gnarled, twisted, and bent by the relentless wind.

Citizens Join Porcupine Research at Devils Tower

Apr 5, 2016
Devils Tower National Monument

Prickly rodents are stealing the spotlight at Devils Tower National Monument as researchers and citizens look into the often forgotten lives of porcupines. There are about 12 porcupines who make their home at the Tower, and as you can imagine attaching a radio tracking device to one involves some effort.

Persistence Yields Fossils, Holds Mystery

Jun 19, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

Persistence Cave in Wind Cave National Park is yielding a trove of fossils that are shedding light on the distant past in the Black Hills.

The deeper parts of the cave may also contain large caverns yet to be explored.

But, anyone who wants to dig fossils inside Persistence Cave is going to get muddy.  

Cold Brook Burn Jumps Lines To Become Wildfire

Apr 14, 2015
Great Plains Fire Information @GPFireInfo

The Cold Brook Fire at Wind Cave National Park has now burned about 6,500 acres.   

That number includes the 1,000 acre controlled burn ignited on Monday morning in the park.    

At about one o’clock Monday afternoon a gust of wind stirred up a dust devil that carried embers over the fire lines and into dry grasses.  Crews then lost control of the burn.

Today the Black Hills is under a Red Flag Warning, this means warmer temperatures and high winds that can fan the flames and make firefighting difficult.

The Return Of The Bison To Wind Cave National Park

Aug 15, 2013

On Friday night at 7:00, Tom Farrell, Chief of Interpretation at Wind Cave National Park, is presenting a program called, "The Return of the Bison: The Decision That Shaped Wind Cave National Park," followed by the award-winning movie "The Vanishing Prairie" at the Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center. On Saturday morning at 9:00, a tour/hike entitled "Exploring the Past: A Visit to the Forgotten Wind Cave National Game Preserve," is being offered at no charge. Also on Saturday, there is an outdoor art show honoring the bison in Hot Springs at the Mueller Center.

Buffalo To Roam Southern Badlands Once Again

Jun 12, 2013
Courtesy Badlands National Park

The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council passed a resolution that opens the door for the return of buffalo to the South Unit of the Badlands National Park.

The tribe is working out an agreement with the Park Service to make the Southern half of the Badlands the first ever tribally run National Park.   

Council representative Craig Dillon says restoring buffalo to the South Unit after more than a century is a very positive thing for the tribe.