Wildlife and Fire
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 to its presettlement appearance.
Location. 43° 47.378′ N, 103° 21.052′ W. Marker is in Keystone, South Dakota
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 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); Peter Norbeck (approx. 6.3 miles away); Father of Mt. Rushmore (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Pigtail Bridges (approx. 6.9 miles away); Rushmore Workers (approx. 8 miles away); Gutzon Borglum (approx. 8 miles away); History of the United States of America (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keystone.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 527 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.