• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Abstract - Introduction of Prescribed Burning to Wind Cave National Park

Lovaas, Allan L. 1976. Introduction of Prescribed Burning to Wind Cave National Park. The Wildlife Society Bulletin 4. pp. 69-73.


Because of the poor fire control reputation at Wind Cave National Park, due to heavy fuels and past conflagrations, initiation of prescribed burning was prudently delayed until 3 years after prescribed burning was introduced into the Black Hills in 1970 by other agencies. The introduction provoked minimal negative public reaction, although a fire that escaped immediate control was widely publicized. The success of the introduction to the Black Hills and the park was attributed to the unity of the land management agencies, effective public relations, participation by ranchers, and control of the burns. Citation from J. Studdendieck & G. Wilson, "An Identification of Prairie in National Park Units in the Great Plains," p. 173, NPS 1986 (BEOL).

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Natural Entrance of Wind Cave

Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.