BHSU


Spearfish named Best Hippie Town in South Dakota

Spearfish was recently named the “Best Hippie Town” in South Dakota by Thrillist.com, a foodie and travel website which noted the mellow feel Black Hills State University contributes to the town.



BHSU students move-in Friday; Community invited to help welcome students

Black Hills State University students will be moving into their residence halls on Friday, Aug. 19. The University is inviting Spearfish area community members to welcome students and their families by wearing BHSU t-shirts on Friday, attending BHSU Night that evening at Spearfish Downtown Friday Nights and coming to the Campus/Community Fair on Sunday evening.





BHSU announces $15,000 degree

Black Hills State University has just announced an innovative program that will offer students in the region an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree for about $15,000.

U.S. Forest Service

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces 2016 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the 2016 USDA Forest Service's National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $900,000 in funding to four goal recipients who will demonstrate how healthy urban forests can increase public health benefits, improve development and redevelopment efforts, and contribute to urban food production

Forest Service Updates Safety Policy for Saw Use

The U.S. Forest Service today finalized a policy that will provide for nationally consistent training, evaluation and certification requirements for the use of chain saws and crosscut saws on National Forest System lands. The new policy governs the use of saws by Forest Service and other governmental employees, volunteers, training consultants and cooperators on lands managed by the Forest Service.

New Public-Private Partnership to Help Reduce Wildfire Threat on Family-Owned Lands, Protect Water Supply for Millions of Westerners

Today, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a new partnership with the American Forest Foundation (AFF), and a combined $5 million initial investment, to address catastrophic wildfire risk across 3.5 million acres of private land in order to protect water supplies for Western communities.

Forest Service Survey Finds Record 66 Million Dead Trees in Southern Sierra Nevada

The U.S. Forest Service today announced that it has identified an additional 26 million trees dead in California since October 2015. These trees are located in six counties across 760,000 acres in the southern Sierra Nevada region of the state, and are in addition to the 40 million trees that died statewide from 2010 to October 2015, bringing the total to at least 66 million dead trees. Four consecutive years of severe drought in California, a dramatic rise in bark beetle infestation and warmer temperatures are leading to historic levels of tree die-off.


Forest Service Makes it Easier for Visitors to Enjoy National Forests and Grasslands

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced steps to make it easier for outfitters, guides, schools, non-profits and other partners to take groups out to enjoy outdoor activities on national forests and grasslands. By streamlining the approach to special-use permitting for national forests and grasslands, our natural resources will be even more accessible to Americans.


Forest Service Chief Invites Families to Participate in National Get Outdoors Day

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell invites children and families to experience the many benefits of nature by participating in the ninth annual National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 11. The event, also known as 'GO Day,' inspires national and local organizations to come together to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of outdoor recreation.


USDA Forest Service and Partners Gear Up for Significant 2016 Wildfire Season

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell met today with Forest Service Regional Foresters to discuss preparations for anticipated significant wildland fire potential in 2016. The briefing comes as the 2016 fire season has begun with five times more acres already burned than this time last year, following 2015's record-setting fire season.