forest-black-hillsSundance, WY — Join the Black Hills National Forest at the Saturday, September 14 Moon Walk at 7 p.m. to learn about the rare earth minerals of the Bear Lodge Mountains near Sundance, WY. Participants will hike approximately 1 mile round trip up a gravel road to the Warren Peak Lookout Tower to begin the program. Featured speaker, Joe Monks, Staff Geologist with Rare Element Resources, will discuss what rare earth elements are and how they are used. Visitors will also learn about the geology of the Bear Lodge Mountains and Rare Element Resources exploration program. To reach the parking area where the hike will start, take exit 185 off I-90 to Highway 14 on the north side of the interstate. Travel .5 mile on Highway 14 and turn right onto County Road 100. Travel County Road 100 for approximately 6 miles to the end of the pavement to the Warren Peak Fire Lookout Tower. Signs will be posted at major intersections to direct visitors to the site. Forest Service officials recommend that visitors bring flashlights, water, bug repellant and dress for unexpected weather and hiking on uneven land. 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 100 visitors per walk have been attending the programs this summer. 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.