South Dakota: Black Hills holistic management summer tour July 26 | TSLN.com

South Dakota: Black Hills holistic management summer tour July 26

TSLN staff reports

The Black Hills holistic management summer tour will be held Tuesday, July 26, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Custer (SD) High School parking lot.

The tour will visit the Porcupine Cattle Allotment, encompassing 9,200 acres of grassland, ponderosa pine forests and aspen stands. Porcupine is administered by a holistic resource management team, which includes the livestock operator, other stakeholders.

Participants can visit with the livestock owner and his holistic management consultant, see how holistic management has improved public lands and view a demonstration of monitoring methods. The tour is designed to showcase how holistic management encompasses quality of life and financial well being, community and society contributions, desired landscape conditions, ecosystem processes and natural resources.

The tour will conclude around 4 p.m., and participants will return to their vehicles in Custer at 5 p.m. Participants should be prepared for all sorts of weather conditions, sun and rain, and wear good footwear.

Registration is due by Friday, July 8. The cost to attend is $20 per person for members of the South Dakota Grassland Coalition; or $40 per person for non-members. Registration includes transportation from Custer to the allotment, meals, snacks, and tour materials. To register, contact Kyle Schell at 605-688-6623 or e-mail him at kyle.schell@sdstate.edu.

The event is hosted by the South Dakota Grassland Coalition; Black Hills National Forest and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

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