The Projects page shows current and proposed projects on the Black Hills National Forest for watershed restoration, habitat improvement, recreation sites, timber sales, roads, and more. Projects on the Black Hills National Forest follow guidelines under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This was signed into law on January 1, 1970.

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Black Hills National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Custer County and South Dakota State DOT Hazard Tree Removal Project

Proposal to authorize Custer County, and South Dakota State Department of Transportation to cut and deck hazard trees (dead and MPB infested) along specified routes.

Mickelson Trail-Mount Rushmore Connector Project

The Forest Service proposes to issue special use authorizations to construct, operate and maintain a 14-mile non-motorized trail connecting the Mickelson Trail to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. The decision would amend Forest Plan direction.

RNA and BA Mineral Withdrawal

Proposed withdrawal of research natural areas and botanical areas from mineral entry. Necessary part of RNA designation process. Forest Service recommendation to BLM, who makes the decision. Project not subject to the objection process.

Under Analysis

Atlantic Mine

Removal of waste rock from an existing mine for use in landscaping/decorative stone. Approximately 100-500 tons of material will be removed on an annual basis.

Bear Lodge Project

Development of rare earth minerals mine. The name of this project was changed from the RER Mineral Development Project.

Jewel Cave Withdrawal

Withdrawal of 2,387 acres of Forest Service land from mineral entry to protect cave resources underlying this land. Forest Service would issue recommendation to BLM, who takes the action. FS recommendation is not subject to administrative review.

Analysis Completed

Deer Valley

Proposal to sell lands associated with the Deer Valley Administrative Site located adjacent to Custer SD. Four surveyed lots and associated facilities - no longer necessary or economically viable - will be sold through a competitive process by GSA.

On Hold

Cook Lake Recreation Facility Maintenance

Maintenance activities to enhance long-term functionality of Cook Lake dam and increase public safety at the facility and downstream areas.

Craven Canyon Mineral Withdrawal

Proposal to withdraw about 3968 acres of NFS lands from mineral entry to protect cultural resources of significant interest within and surrounding Craven Canyon. Forest Service would issue a recommendation to BLM, who would take the action.

Rocky Homeowners' Association Easement

FLPMA Private Road Easement to memebers of the Rocky Homeowners' Association

Wolf Track Improvement District FLPMA Easement

FLPMA Private road easement issued to the Wolf Track Improvement District


Elk Mountain Reforestation CE

To provide ponderosa pine regeneration in areas where high fire intensities left vast areas deforested with no available natural seed source for regeneration.

Joel Cannon Access Easement Project

Authorization of a 30 year private road easement to a landowner for access to a parcel of land surrounded by National Forest System Lands.

Tinton Trail "Crangle" Reroute

Reroute a 1-mile section of a non-motorized trail so the trail is located outside of a drainage bottom. The trail is eroding in its current location. The new trail will be hand constructed and 24 inches wide. The old trail will be re-vegetated.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.