Moon Walk features Uses of Native Plants

Press Release Join the Black Hills National Forest at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 for a moonlit hike and to learn about the uses of native plant species in the northern Black Hills. 
 
Participants in the scheduled Moon Walk event will walk a total of 1 mile roundtrip over uneven terrain in a meadow. This is an easy to moderate hike that is largely flat ground with some slopes.
 
Featured speakers include the botany group on the Black Hills National Forest along with professors from Black Hills State University.  Jace Decory, Assistant Professor of History and American Indian Studies, Justin Ramsey, Associate Professor of Plant Biology and Tara Ramsey, Research Associate, will share their knowledge of plant identification and native plant uses with visitors.  Participants will see views of Wyoming to the west and Crow Peak to the east.
 
To reach the Moon Walk site, take I-90 to SD exit 2, the McNenny Fish Hatchery exit that is approximately 8 miles west of Spearfish.  From this exit travel south on County Road 009 also called Red Hill Road. Follow Red Hill Road south for approximately 2 miles to the stop sign at Homestake Road.  Turn right or west onto Homestake Road and continue for 1 mile.  Turn left or south onto Bear Ridge Road and travel for 3 miles to the Moon Walk parking site which is just over the cattle guard at the Forest boundary.
 
The drive from Rapid City should take a little over 1 hour. Signs will be placed at major intersections to guide visitors to the site.  
 
The Forest Service suggests that visitors bring flashlights, water, and bug repellant and dress for evening temperatures and hiking on uneven terrain. Long pants and sturdy footwear (hiking boots or athletic shoes) are recommended for your comfort and safety.
 
The program may be cancelled unexpectedly for unforeseen reasons such as lightning, high fire danger forecasts and other reasons beyond control. The program will not be cancelled due to rain unless lightning is spotted.  Please arrive early to aid us in parking vehicles as over 100 visitors per walk have been attending the programs.
 
For more information about the program and summer schedule go to www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills or call the Black Hills National Forest at 605-343-1567.