Black Hills Parks & Forests Association $1,000 donation to Friends of Wind Cave Sanson Ranch Road project

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Black Hills Parks & Forests Association (BHPFA) is pleased to support the Friends of Wind Cave National Park with a $1,000 donation! The gift will be applied to a two-year road improvement project allowing visitor access to the recently acquired Sanson Ranch and a 1,000-year-old buffalo jump.  

This summer, the South Dakota National Guard is donating the machinery and labor necessary for road construction during their annual Golden Coyote training exercise in June. Friends of Wind Cave (FOWC) raised funds to purchase all of the supplies needed including gravel and culverts.  

Friends of Wind Cave National Park (FOWC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote Wind Cave National Park as a natural and cultural treasure. In addition, it strives to expand the awareness of the unique value of Wind Cave National Park to the Black Hills community and the nation. The road, ranch, and buffalo jump are projected to be opened to the public in 2020.   

“Black Hills Parks & Forests is very happy to support Friends of Wind Cave on such an important project,” states Executive Director Patty Ressler. “Visitor access to the 1,000-year-old buffalo jump and the Sanson Ranch homestead is crucial to helping Wind Cave staff interpret all of the stories that make Wind Cave National Park such a treasure in the Black Hills. This donation is a great fit with our mission of supporting exploration and wonder.”     

BHPFA is an official non-profit partner of Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Black Hills National Forest, Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands and the National Grasslands Visitor Center. BHPFA operates 14 retail stores for these five agencies with a portion of store proceeds going back to the agencies. 

The 2018 allocation to partners is $82,440.This significant funding helps fill the gaps left behind by federal funding shortfalls and allows BHPFA park and forest partners to fulfill their critical missions of sustaining and preserving our natural legacies.   

For more information about Black Hills Parks & Forests Association, check out the website at or call 605-745-7020. 

Information from Black Hills Parks & Forests Association

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