Learning Forum: Origin of the Black Hills National Forest
October 27, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.
This week, David Miller presents, "Origin of the Black Hills National Forest."
Described as an “Island in the Plains,” the Black Hills National Forest straddles South Dakota and Wyoming, covering 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountains. But our ponderosa pines were a gloomy scene in 1900, ravaged by wildfire, bark beetles and unrestricted cutting.
Miller tells the story of an earlier generation - many of them Black Hills residents - who took it upon themselves to face the threat of wood scarcity. Their work turned the Hills into a timber legacy.
Learn about the people who pushed along the federal forest conservation policy in our neck of the woods.
Miller, retired, has an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s in American history. He taught American history for Black Hills State University and also managed a Twin City Fruit warehouse in Deadwood.
Miller also has a long-term interest as a private citizen in natural resource policy in the Black Hills.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.
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Theater map below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but those with ADA requirements take first priority.
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