Prescribed fire planned at Pleasant Valley Game Preserve - KOTA Territory News

Prescribed fire planned at Pleasant Valley Game Preserve

Prescribed fire planned at Pleasant Valley Game Preserve

RAPID CITY, S.D.— The South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and Custer State Park will be conducting a prescribed burn in the Pleasant Valley Game Production Area located four miles west and 10 miles south of Custer.

This event is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 21. Firefighters are planning to burn approximately 800 acres.

The Pleasant Valley prescribed burn is being conducted to enhance native vegetation, impede invasive vegetation and create a better habitat for wildlife. 

This prescribed fire will be used as a tool to achieve land management objectives and to help minimize the risks of large catastrophic fires. Prescribed fire can be used to mimic the natural role fire plays in the ecosystem.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation was essential in helping to acquire this property and is funding this project through an approved grant.  This grant funding helps meet land management objectives that otherwise could not have been accomplished due to budget constraints.

Residents in the surrounding area of the prescribed burn are likely to see smoke for several days. The area will continue to be monitored by firefighters.

Participating agencies include South Dakota Wildland Fire, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, Custer State Park and the Black Hills National Forest.  

South Dakota Wildland Fire can be found on Twitter @SDWildlandFire and on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire.

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