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Keystone in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Wildlife and Fire

 
 
Wildlife and Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
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 to its presettlement appearance.
 
Location. 43° 47.378′ N, 103° 21.052′ W. Marker is in Keystone, South Dakota

Wildlife and Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
2. Wildlife and Fire Marker
, in Pennington County. Marker is on U.S. 16. Touch for map. Marker is in Custer State Park. There is an entry fee. Marker is in this post office area: Keystone SD 57751, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. After the Fire (here, next to this marker); The Galena Fire Chronology (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.
 
Categories. AnimalsDisasters
 
Pronghorn in Custer State Park image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
3. Pronghorn in Custer State Park
Buffalo in Custer State Park image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
4. Buffalo in Custer State Park
 
 
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 499 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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