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Forest Centennial celebrated at Moon Walk

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RAPID CITY, S.D. – Join the Black Hills National Forest on Saturday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. for a living history presentation on Seth Bullock at Mount Roosevelt Monument near Deadwood, South Dakota. Speakers Tom Willems and Dave McKee, Forest Archaeologists of the Black Hills National Forest will lead visitors on this moderately difficult ½-mile round-trip walk on a single track trail. Participates will be lead back in time to the turn of the 19th century when the first Forest Reserves were being formed. Willems will open a door to the past as he portrays Seth Bullock in an historic USDA Forest Service uniform at the base of Mount Roosevelt tower. Bullock, the first Black Hills National Forest Supervisor, built Mount Roosevelt tower in honor of the conservation efforts of his good friend, President Theodore Roosevelt. The conservation efforts of the USDA Forest Service from 1905-2005 will be discussed as well. To reach the Moon Walk site from Rapid City, travel on I-90 to the Deadwood Exit 17. Turn south and travel 6.5 miles toward Deadwood on Highway 85. Turn west on Mount Roosevelt Road and travel 2.5 miles on a gravel road to the picnic area trailhead. If you are traveling from Deadwood, Mount Roosevelt Road is .8 miles north of Deadwood off Highway 85. Amy Ballard, Moon Walk coordinator for the Black Hills National Forest suggests that visitors bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on during the program at the tower. An average of 200 visitors per walk have been attending the programs this summer, so please arrive early to aid in parking vehicles. New Moon Walk shirts in 2XL and children’s sizes will be available at the Moon Walk. For more information or if you would like to be placed on an internet mailing list to receive the Moon Walk news releases and directions, please call the Mystic Ranger District office at 605-343-1567. For more forest news, visit our newsroom at