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Battle over logging in the Black Hills

The following article, in the Sioux Fall Argus Leader, is about our battle with the US Forest Service over logging in the Black Hills. The US Forest Service knew about the beginning of the Pine Beetle problem since the mid-1960s. In 2002, the information from the US Forest Service was mapped by Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and showed all the areas where the beetles were locating. It was predicted then that the Beaver Park Roadless Area would be devastated by wildfire without logging. Clear cutting a fireguard was allowed around the Beaver Park Roadless Area. However, no fire ever occurred, and the area has a more healthy ecosystem than before. Nature always does better than human beings.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader Black Hills MPB Article--November 19, 2011


Mission Statement

"Defenders of the Black Hills is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries whose mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the environment of the 1851 and 1868 Treaty Territories, Treaties made between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation."

Speaking about radioactive fallout, the late President John F. Kennedy said,

"Even then, the number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent."

July 26, 1963 upon signing the ban on above ground nuclear tests