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Black Hills National Forest announces 2018 Moon Walk schedule

The Black Hills National Forest announces the Moon Walk interpretive program schedule for the 2018 season. In its 23rd year, Forest visitors will explore the importance of fire, reptiles and amphibians, botany, bugling bulls and learn about the stars in the night sky.

Speakers include The Nature Conservancy, Black Hills State University, South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks and the Black Hills National Forest.

Moon Walks are held on a Saturday night close to the official full moon and begin at 7 p.m. Most programs last for 1-2 hours and visitors walk an average of 1 mile round trip. As each Moon Walk nears, specific directions to individual programs will be posted on the Black Hills National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills or call (605) 343-1567.

2018 Moon Walk Schedule

May 26 – The Importance of Fire in the Ponderosa Pine Ecosystem

This walk is located west of Rapid City. Join Black Hills National Forest personnel as they guide you through portions of the Silver Mountain Prescribed Fire area. They will discuss the local fire history, and the importance of fire to plants and animals in the ponderosa pine ecosystem.

June 30 – Snakes on the Plains: Conserving Prairie Stream Habitats

This walk is located in the northern Black Hills. The Nature Conservancy along with a herpetologist from Black Hills State University will discuss the importance of riparian habitat in grassland ecosystems for reptiles and amphibians.

July 28 – Botany

This walk is located in the central Black Hills. Explore the Black Hills Montane Grasslands, a plant community type unique to the Black Hills, led by Black Hills National Forest botanists.

This program is in memory of Andrew Korth, USFS botanist, 2008-2010

Aug. 25 – Wapiti - Bugling Bulls of the Black Hills

Join wildlife biologists from the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks for a moonlit walk in the northern Black Hills. Immerse yourself in the world of the wapiti within the Black Hills ecosystem. Explore elk biology, behavior, habitat, natural history and folklore as we listen for the first bugling bulls of the season.

Sept. 8 – Star Gazing

This walk is located in the central Black Hills. Be ready to be guided through the universe by a physics professor from Black Hills State University. Telescopes will be set up for you to explore the night sky during this September “New Moon” night.

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For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, call (605) 673-9200, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills or download the Free Forest phone app at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/black-hills-national-forest/id1156230107?mt=8 (Apple) or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.usda.fs.nf.blackhills (Android).

Archery honors up for grabs at 2018 GFP-NASP 3D Tournament

Young people from across South Dakota will show off their skills at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State 3D Tournament May 4 and 5. The 3D Tournament uses life-size game animals as targets.

The 3D Target Tournament will be held at the NFAA/Easton Archery Facility in Yankton. Shooting begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and continues at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

The tournament is sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and will host hundreds of young archers competing for individual and team honors in three age divisions. The top three individual and team winners in each division will receive trophies. All participants receive a free tournament t-shirt.

Students who participate in NASP within their schools or home-school programs are eligible for the competition.

“The GFP-NASP 3D Tournament is a unique event for South Dakota school age youth,” said Pat Klotzbach, NASP coordinator for GFP. “3D shooting not only provides young people with a safe shooting sports experience, it also educates archers on where to aim at game animals when they go hunting.”

There is no charge to attend the tournaments, and the public is welcome. Individuals who wish to volunteer with the tournament may contact outdoorprogramming@gmail.com or call 605.220.2130.

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