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Black Hills Experimental Forest

Experimental Forests and Ranges Posted on: September 09, 2015
The Black Hills Experimental Forest is approximately 7 miles north of Pactola Visitor Center and 20 miles northwest of Rapid City, South Dakota on the Black Hills National Forest. This 1,374 hectare Experimental Forest is dominated by ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa var. scopulorum). Other trees on the BHEF include white spruce (Picea glauca) and quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides).

Ponderosa pine understory vegetation recovers quickly following timber harvest

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 09, 2015
Scientists with the Rocky Mountain Research Station and university partners are investigating the short- and long-term resiliency of understory vegetation of ponderosa pine forests to a variety disturbances associated with timber harvest. Creating and maintaining a healthy forest relies on the resiliency of understory vegetation.

Forest vegetation of the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota and Wyoming: A habitat type classification

Publications Posted on: May 07, 2015
A vegetation classification based on concepts and methods developed by Daubenmire was used to identify 12 forest habitat types and one shrub habitat type in the Black Hills. Included were two habitat types in the Quercus macrocarpa series, seven in the Pinus ponderosa series, one in the Populus tremuloides series, two in the Picea glaucci series, and one in the Cercocarpus montanus series.

Multi-scale habitat use of male ruffed grouse in the Black Hills National Forest

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2014
Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) are native upland game birds and a management indicator species (MIS) for aspen (Populus tremuloides) in the Black Hills National Forest (Black Hills). Our objective was to assess resource selection of male ruffed grouse to identify the most appropriate scale to manage for aspen and ruffed grouse in the Black Hills.

Ruffed grouse selection of drumming sites in the Black Hills National Forest

Publications Posted on: March 29, 2011
Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) are important game birds that depend on multiple forest age-classes of aspen (Populus spp.) for food and cover, which makes them an appropriate management indicator species for the condition of quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) communities in the Black Hills National Forest of western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming (BHNF).

Occupancy modeling of ruffed grouse in the Black Hills National Forest

Publications Posted on: March 29, 2011
Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) are a popular game bird and the management indicator species for quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) in the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF), which requires development of a robust monitoring protocol to evaluate trends in ruffed grouse populations.

Mountain pine beetle-killed trees as snags in Black Hills ponderosa pine stands

Publications Posted on: October 01, 2009
Mountain pine beetle-killed ponderosa pine trees in three stands of different stocking levels near Bear Mountain in the Black Hills National Forest were surveyed over a 5-year period to determine how long they persisted as unbroken snags.

Landscape scale attributes of elk centers of activity in the central Black Hills of South Dakota

Publications Posted on: October 03, 2006
We researched the environmental attributes (n = 28) associated with elk (n = 50) summer range (1 May 30 Sep) in the central Black Hills of South Dakota, USA, during 1998-2001. We defined high-use areas or centers of activity as landscapes underlying large concentrations of elk locations resulting from the shared fidelity of independently moving animals to specific regions on summer range.

GPS radio collar 3D performance as influenced by forest structure and topography

Publications Posted on: May 04, 2006
Global Positioning System (GPS) telemetry enables biologists to obtain accurate and systematic locations of animals. Vegetation can block signals from satellites to GPS radio collars. Therefore, a vegetation dependent bias to telemetry data may occur which if quantified, could be accounted for.

Species-area relations of song birds in the Black Hills, South Dakota

Publications Posted on: May 04, 2006
We investigated the effects of stand size resulting from current logging practices on occurrence and species richness of song birds in the Black Hills. Richness of forest interior and forest interior/edge songbirds was not related to stand area (P > 0.40) in stands of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) in the Black Hills.