Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Keystone in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Wildlife and Fire

 
 
Wildlife and Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
1. Wildlife and Fire Marker
Inscription.  It would seem that a large forest fire would destroy an area for wildlife. However, the Galena Fire has improved much of the Park's wildlife habitat. The fire created many open meadows where grasses and shrubs are now growing. The mixture of meadow and forest created by a large fire provides better food and cover for animals. Initially, Park managers seeded the severely burned areas with quick growing clover to prevent erosion. Now a wide variety of plants can be found throughout the burned area.

Another positive effect of the fire is the increased water flow in area streams. Because grasses and shrubs use less moisture than trees, more water makes its way into the streams. Park managers are using measuring devices called weirs to gauge stream flow. Trout will be stocked when the water flow can support their needs.

Today, Custer State Park is more like the landscape that Lt. Col.George Custer saw on his expedition to the Black Hills in 1874. Those who settled the Hills suppressed wildfires, and slowly the open meadows Custer's expedition photographed became covered with ponderosa pine. The Galena Fire has returned much of Custer State Park

Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
to its presettlement appearance.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsDisasters. A significant historical year for this entry is 1874.
 
Location. 43° 47.378′ N, 103° 21.052′ W. Marker is in Keystone, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker is on U.S. 16. Marker is in Custer State Park. There is an entry fee. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keystone SD 57751, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Galena Fire Chronology (here, next to this marker); After the Fire (here, next to this marker); State Game Lodge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Cecil C. Gideon (approx. 2.3 miles away); Peter Norbeck (approx. 2.3 miles away); South Dakota Game Fish & Parks (approx. 2.4 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (approx. 4 miles away); “The Badger Hole” (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keystone.
 
Wildlife and Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
2. Wildlife and Fire Marker
Pronghorn in Custer State Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
3. Pronghorn in Custer State Park
Buffalo in Custer State Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
4. Buffalo in Custer State Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 650 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr
m=45352

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
U.S. FTC REQUIRED NOTICE: This website earns income from purchases you make after using links to Amazon.com. Thank you.
Paid Advertisements
Feb. 21, 2024