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

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.

Mickelson Trail-Mount Rushmore Connector 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.

Under Analysis

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.

Benchmark Motorcycle Trail

Construction of a motorcycle trail to connect existing motorized trails 8551 and 8575.

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

Fort Meade Remount Permit Renewal

Renewal of a special use permit to conduct the Ft. Meade Remount, a horse riding event primarily held on Bureau of Land Management land, but that uses a portion of the Centennial Trail on NFS land.

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.

Iron Creek Triathlon Permit Renewal

Renewal of 5 year special use permit to conduct the Iron Creek Triathlon on NFS land adjacent to Iron Creek Lake.

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.

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.

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.

Sturgis BAM Permit Renewal

Black Hills Trails has requested a renewal of their five-year special use permit to conduct the Sturgis BAM mountain bike races, which include 34 mile and 85 mile races and, potentially, a new 20 mile race.

Tinton Trail Robison Gulch Reroute

Reroute of approximately 1.5 miles of the non-motorized Tinton trail through Robison Gulch to reduce the number of creek crossings and subsequently reduce impacts to the creek.

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

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.

Lazy Beaver Claim - Placer Mining Plan of Operations

The proposed action consists of exploration and extraction activities to extract placer gold from the POO area within the Lazy Beaver Claim. Mining operations include operation of heavy equipment and a Power Sluice. Reclamation would be ongoing.

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.

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.

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

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.