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Black Hills National Forest Recognizes Employees during Public Service Recognition Week

Contact(s): Scott Jacobson (605) 440-1409

Custer, SD – May 7, 2018 – Black Hills National Forest Officials are shining the light on its employees this week during Public Service Recognition Week, May 6-12.  Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, the effort is to recognize excellence in public service, promote the spirit of public service and honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.

The Black Hills National Forest has over 250 permanent employees and hires over 200 seasonal employees to perform important field work throughout the summer months.  Forest employees manage over 1.2 million acres of public land in the Black Hills ranging from an extensive timber program, recreation, fire, range, cultural and heritage, wildlife, botany, law enforcement, hydrology and soils and more. 

The Black Hills National Forest is one of the busiest multiple use forests in the Nation.  From being one of the largest timber producing forests in the Nation to managing lands for recreational use including hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, off highway vehicle use, camping, picnicking, snowmobiling, skiing and site seeing, the employees have a big job.

“It’s nice to take time out of our busy schedules to recognize the people that give back to our communities,” said Forest Supervisor Mark Van Every.  “Employees on the Black Hills National Forest embrace a tradition of excellence. They come to work every day ready to serve the public. They are great public servants that uphold the USFS motto, caring for the land and serving people.” 

Amid the splendid scenery of the Black Hills National Forest are 11 reservoirs, 30 campgrounds, 26 picnic areas, 2 scenic byways, 1,300 miles of streams and 13,426 acres of wilderness.

For more information on Black Hills National Forest prescribed fire, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/blackhills/fire/?cid=FSEPRD575179