Forest Moon Walk July 28, 2018: ‘The Importance of Montane Grasslands to Wildlife and You’

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

Rapid City, SD - Join the US Forest Service Saturday, July 28, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. to learn about Montane grasslands which are unique to the Black Hills area.  Botanist will discuss the elements that make up a Montane grassland, as well as the importance to humans and wildlife.  

Speaker Kelly Warnke, Botanist on the Mystic Ranger District, will discuss conservation of grassland habitats. “Montane grasslands are home to a variety of plant and wildlife species that are found nowhere else in the Black Hills” said Warnke. “These grasslands have much more to offer than just grass, they have impressive displays of wildflowers as well.”

Participants in the scheduled Moon Walk event will walk approximately 1 mile round-trip over uneven terrain.

To reach the Moon Walk, travel west from Hill City, SD on Deerfield Road for approximately 17 miles to Ditch Creek Rd. Turn south (left) on to Ditch Creek Road and travel for approximately 8 miles to the intersection of Ditch Creek Road and Six Mile Road. Turn east (left) onto Six Mile Road and make an immediate right hand turn back on to Ditch Creek Road. The parking area will be immediately to the left by the corrals.    

Visitors should bring flashlights, water, bug repellant, and dress for unexpected inclement weather and wear sturdy footwear for hiking on uneven terrain. Bring binoculars or spotting scopes to spot birds and wildlife along the hike.

The program may be canceled unexpectedly for unforeseen reasons such as lightning, high fire danger forecasts and other reasons beyond control. The program will not be canceled due to rain unless lightning is spotted.

The Black Hills National Forest, in partnership with Black Hills Parks & Forests Association is selling ‘Black Hills Moon Walk’ collector pins. 

This year’s pin, 1.125-inches in diameter, features a Great Horned Owl hunting in the forest.  A different designed pin is anticipated each year. 

You can purchase the inaugural “2018 Black Hills Moon Walk” pin, for $5.00 (cash only), at a Moon Walk program. 

Your purchase of this pin will directly support the Moon Walk and other educational programs.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest visit or call the Black Hills National Forest at (605) 343-1567.


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