- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - Black Hills National Forest crews will be clearing fallen trees starting on Memorial Day off hiking and horse trails around Harney Peak.

The work will continue throughout the summer, and some routes may impassable for hikers and horse traffic until the work is completed. Early summer hikers may find several trees blocking trails that the trail crew hasn’t yet reached.

Last year, some 1,500 trees were cleared from about 55 miles on the high-use public trails.

Forest officials ask people to be aware of their surroundings and use caution when entering the Black Elk Wilderness. They say there are a high number of dead trees in the wilderness area due to damage from mountain pine beetle infestations, and the trees can easily fall in high winds.


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