Abstract - Rare Tree and Shrub Survey in Wind Cave National Park, Summer 1977
Smith, Jack. 1978. Rare Tree and Shrub Survey in Wind Cave National Park, Summer 1977. 18+ p.
The purpose of the rare tree and shrub survey was to obtain an idea of plant diversity in Wind Cave National Park. The Black Hills support flora of the Rocky Mountains, Northern Forest, Eastern Deciduous Forest, and the Great Plains (Dorn 1977). The park, located in both the foothills and Black Hills topographies, exhibits this great plant diversity.
A survey of the rare trees and shrubs would be used as the basis in determining future status and management of those plants in the park.
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.