Abstract - Chrysomelidae of Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
Sigafoos, W.L. 1960. Chrysomelidae of Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota. 25 p.
Wind Cave National Park is located in the Southwest corner of South Dakota where it occupies some 28,000 acres in Custer County. It ranges in altitude from 5013 feet at Rankin Ridge to 2600 in the southeast corner. It is about three-fourths grassland and one-fourth Ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa Dpig;., forest. The grassland areas are dominated by the bluestems and other prairie grasses. Several species of sumac, Rhus, alone with goldenrod, Solidago, sage, Artemisa, and sunflower, Helianthus petiolaris Nutt., occur also. No ponds or lakes are present in the park. The main water source is Beaver Creek, a small stream which flows part way through the park before sinking underground. Most of the rain occurs in May and June and the remainder of the summer is hot and dry.
Did You Know?
Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.