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Black Hills National Forest Project near Harney Peak

The Vestal Project proposes to log almost all (99%) of the federal forest acres within the Project Area including in the Sylvan Peak, Calamity Peak, and Buckhorn Mountain areas of the Okawita Paha National Monument and International Peace Park proposed by Defenders of the Black Hills.

The 43,516-acre Project Area contains 25,726 National Forest acres (60%). Of the National Forest acres, 99% or 25,449 acres will be logged and given slash treatment, with prescribed burning on 7% or 1,761 acres. One question is: have all the sacred places, burial sites been researched? How will they be protected from logging trucks, chains to haul out logs, or not burned or disturbed?


A Public Information Meeting about the Vestal Project will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Custer High School, 1645 Wildcat Lane, Custer, SD.


Written Comments are requested by May 31, 2011. Mail your comments to:

Hell Canyon Ranger District, Attn: Kelly Honors, Black Hills National Forest, 330 Mount Rushmore Road, Custer, SD 57730

Or e-mail your comments to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

with Vestal Project Scoping Comments in the subject line.

Mission Statement

"Defenders of the Black Hills is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries whose mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the environment of the 1851 and 1868 Treaty Territories, Treaties made between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation."

Speaking about radioactive fallout, the late President John F. Kennedy said,

"Even then, the number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent."

July 26, 1963 upon signing the ban on above ground nuclear tests