Photo by Brett Nachtigall/Fall River County Herald-Star
Volunteers associated with the Friends of Wind Cave National Park work this past weekend planting grass and spraying weeds
By Brett Nachtigall
HOT SPRINGS – Approximately 20 volunteers gathered this past Saturday morning, May 30, on a one-mile stretch of a Custer County Road east of Wind Cave National Park.
The effort was coordinated by members of the Friends of Wind Cave National Park to perform various maintenance duties associated with a road that was built a couple of years ago by the South Dakota National Guard with funds raised by the Friends group.
A spokesman for the group said the Friends of Wind Cave raised approximately $70,000 to have an old two-track road made into a gravel road, which allows for better access to a 5,555 acres of Wind Cave National Park that was acquired in 2011. The area includes a thousand-year-old buffalo jump and the historical Sanson Ranch property.
Since the road was built and the right-of-way seeded with grass, erosion has wreaked some havoc in some areas. So this past weekend, the volunteers worked to spray weeds, dig up dirt and then replant seed.
Most of the weed spraying being done was for thistle, along with some mullen. The seed being used was a Forest Service Mix blend.