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

Cook Lake Recreation Facility Maintenance

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

Under Analysis

Black Hills 100 Project Renewal

Renewal of a five year special use permit to conduct the Black Hills 100 ultramarathon on the Centennial and Deerfield trails. Race distances of 100 miles, 50 miles, 50 km and 30 km are included. The race runs between Sturgis and Silver City.

Black Hills Forest Monitoring Plan Transition

The Black Hills NF is modifying the Forest Plan monitoring plan to comply with the 2012 planning rule. The approval of the modifications would be administrative changes not subject to further review.

Black Hills Resilient Landscapes Project

Fuel reduction, timber harvest, thinning, and other activities to increase ecosystem resilience, contribute to economy, and reduce risk of wildfire and insect infestation.

Deadman Trail Addition

A 15 mile non-motorized loop trail has been proposed to link existing trails managed by the City of Sturgis, the BLM and the USFS. The Deadman Trail would link the existing Centennial Trail with a newly developed trailhead on City of Sturgis property

Gengler Road Use Permit

Issuance of a road use permit to allow a private landowner to haul timber harvested from private land across National Forest System (NFS)land on a NFS road.

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.

Rolling Bones Outfitter and Guide Permit

Rolling Bones Outfitters has requested an outfitter and guide permit to guide primarily big game hunts in Hunting Area 5 (Hanna/Long Draw) of the Northern Hills Ranger District. The permit would be valid for 10 years.

Rushmore Connector Trail Project

The State of South Dakota has applied for a permit to construct, operate and maintain a 14-mile non-motorized trail across the Forest connecting the Mickelson Trail to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. The decision would amend Forest Plan direction.

Virginia Mine

Renewal of Plan of Operations for the Virginia Mine. The operator proposes to continue the mining of feldspar. The disturbed area is 3.5 acres. As part of the renewal the operator is proposing to expand the operation by an additional 0.25 acres.

Analysis Completed

2016 ATV Recreation Events

Off Road Riders has requested special use permits for a series of ATV events to be held on authorized motorized trails on the Northern Hills and Mystic Ranger Districts during the summer of 2016. These permits would be valid for one year.

BHSU Rockclimbing Competition

The BHSU rockclimbing club has requested a 1 year permit to conduct a rockclimbing competition on established routes on the Sunshine Wall near Cheyenne Crossing, SD.

Boxelder Creek Bridge Deck Replacement

Replacement of a concrete bridge deck located on FSR 140 across Boxelder Creek. The existing deck would be removed by crane and a new pre-fabricated concrete deck would be installed by crane. No work would occur in the creek.

Little Spearfish/Old Baldy Trail Maintenance

Maintenance of the Little Spearfish and Old Baldy trails, including installation of lead-off ditches to divert water from the trails and repair of the section of Little Spearfish trail through Ranger Draw, which was used for a recent timber sale.

Steamboat Rock Fire Rings

Installation of ground fire rings at Steamboat Rock Picnic Ground to allow tent campers to build campfires.

Strawberry Hill Picnic Ground Tent Camping

Would allow for tent camping at Strawberry Hill Picnic Ground, which was historically a campground. Fire rings and picnic tables would be installed at tent sites.

On Hold

Bear Lodge Project

Development of rare earth minerals mine. This project has been suspended.

Black Hills Gold Endurance Ride Permit Renewal

The organizers of the Black Hills Gold Endurance ride, which is a competitive two-day horse endurance ride, have requested a new five-year special use permit to replace their existing permit, which is set to expire.

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.

Reuter Motorized Trail

Construction of approximately 9.3 miles of motorized trail from Reuter Trailhead to Trail 1041 to provide system connectivity. Relocation of approximately 2.2 miles of non-motorized trail. Improvement of Blacktail Trailhead.


Rocky Homeowners' Association Easement

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

Tinton Trail Robison Gulch Reroute

Reroute of the Tinton trail in the Robison Gulch area to move the trail away from the creek bottom. The reroute would reduce the number of stream crossings and subsequent impacts to the creek.

Wolf Track Improvement District FLPMA Easement

FLPMA Private road easement issued to the Wolf Track Improvement District

Wonderland Cave SUP Amendment

This project would amend the special use permit for Wonderland Cave to allow the owners use of a National Forest System road to transport visitors from Vanocker Canyon Road to the cave.

Project Archive

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