BCA filled the Burning Coal Vein Campground at our Southern Badlands Outing on June 24 and 25, 2017. Badlands advocates spent the first half of Saturday touring existing oil development in the Tracy Mountain vicinity before investigating expanding activity in the Tyler Formation – including proposed wells along Dantz Creek and adjacent to Kendley Plateau Suitable for Wilderness.
A cool day on the edge of jacket-weather was also perfect for hiking. Loey and Heffalump buttes within Kendley Plateau were among our destinations. Evening camp was restorative and many visited nearby Juniper Spur, also known as Lillian’s Pinnacle.
Sunday morning we headed for an “explore” in the Ponderosa Pine Research Natural Area. Pine covered ridges and open parkland melded well with full sun and warmer temps.The Ponderosa Pines are one of the “pine islands” associated with the Black Hills of South Dakota.
BCA members include professional and self-taught botanists, birders, geologists, local and regional historians, and all around naturalists, adding color and learning to our trips. A great time was had by all! Come join us!