December 17 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 17: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
Steve Thede Named Badlands Deputy Superintendent
Contact: Judy Olson, (605) 433-5240
Steve Thede has been appointed deputy superintendent of Badlands National Park, effective May 10, 2009.
"I am pleased to have such a seasoned ranger join our staff," said Dr. Paige Baker, Superintendent. "Steve’s long and successful career in the National Park Service is the right fit for Badlands National Park."
Steve has 25 years of experience with the National Park Service including four years at Badlands National Park in the 1990’s where he worked as a Supervisory Park Ranger in the Resource Education Division.
Steve started his NPS career at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon where he was a seasonal Law Enforcement Ranger with collateral duties in Wildland and Structural Fire, Search and Rescue and Emergency Medical. He worked in similar capacities at Yosemite and Glen Canyon. After branching into the Interpretation field at Bryce Canyon, he worked in both law Enforcement and Interpretation at Castillo de San Marcos and Bent’s Old Fort. From Bent’s Fort he came to Badlands and then to Whiskeytown where he has managed the Interpretation and Cultural Resources Division for the past 10 years. Steve also completed details as a Special Assistant in the Director’s Office in Washington and as Superintendent of Oregon Caves National Monument.
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.