Picture Perfect Prescribed Burn Completed
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242
Contact: Brian Kenner, 605-433-5260
Professional fire crews from Badlands National Park and the Northern Great Plains Fire Office successfully completed the park's first prescribed fire of the spring: a 560-acre burn on Tuesday, April 24. The burn location was west of the Pinnacles Entrance, between the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) and the Sage Creek Rim Road. Fire is native to the prairie ecosystem, and part of a healthy landscape.The goal of the burn was to restore Grassland habitat by reducing accumulated vegetation and non-native grass species.
Did You Know?
The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.