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WELCOME to the website of the 
NOTE: this website is under development MAY 2017
Check out the events calendar (click) in 2017 for outings, news updates and much more!
MAY 6, 2017 - FIELD TRAINING for Adopt an Allotment Citizen Science Project
Meet Beth Burkhart, Project Coordinator, at Outdoor Campus West (main parking lot  near the lake) at 1pm. Activities will include Robel pole protocol demonstration, hands-on field training with Robel pole equipment and forms, selection of allotments for 2017 summer monitoring, and equipment assembly.
Questions? Contact Beth at burkhartbeth1227@gmail.com 
MAY 11, 2017 -  Norbeck Meeting at SDSMT 5:30pm: Meet with Dr. Andy Detweiler of SDSM&T Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Program and Department of Physics to discuss 
Geo-Climate: An Intricate Balance.
There are many feedback/control mechanisms involved in maintaining the greenhouse effect in the earth's stmosphere. These operate on time-scales ranging from tens of millions of years to centuries. Plate tectonics is involved at the longest time-scales, while the shorter time-scales tend to involve biological as well as geochemical processes. Andy will review several of these mechanisms and discuss recent studies about planetary evolution that are showing new requirements for habitability.
MAY 21, 2017 - DEADLINE for public survey input to Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board on future desired non-motorized trail user experiences.
Copy the following link into your internet browser to access the survey.
Norbeck Society is opposed to this land exchange, creation of Spearfish Canyon, and expansion of Custer State Park by addition of Bismarck Lake.
SD Game Fish and Parks has paused all planning on this project. Proposals to include funding for the land exchange in the 2017 SD state budget were not successful. On this website, look under What You Can Do menu item, Comment on Issues submenu item for Norbeck Society position statement and contact information for federal, state, and local officials.

Become a citizen scientist with the Norbeck Society and contribute to long-term health of vegetation, wildlife habitat and other natural resources on public lands in the Black Hills by adopting a grazing allotment!

What would I do?

---Focus on an allotment/area in the Black Hills you know and enjoy OR take assignment of an allotment/area easy for you to visit

--- Be trained by Norbeck Society in Robel pole protocol to measure residual herbage (calibrated for the Black Hills) 

---Collect residual herbage/Robel data at least once a year in your adopted allotment and make observations on livestock and wildlife locations

---Submit data and observations to Norbeck Society for annual compilation, analysis, and reporting of all citizen data

 February - April          2017  Informational and organizational meetings throughout the Black Hills, including classroom training
 May - June 2017  Field training
 June - October 2017  Citizens collect data/observations and submit to Norbeck Society
 December 2017

 Final 2017 report completed by Norbeck Society and shared with citizens, organization, agencies.

Prepare for 2018 Adopt an Allotment project!

 Interested? Questions? See more information under the Issues/Grazing tab of this website

Contact Beth Burkhart, Norbeck Society Coordinator at: burkhartbeth1227@gmail.com and watch this webpage for informational/organizational meeting dates and locations


Our Mission


“Friends and neighbors as advocates for stewardship, restoration, and enjoyment of public lands, ensuring a conservation legacy for future generations”

About Us


In April 2005, a new organization, the Norbeck Society was founded by South Dakotans to bring together like-minded people who want a unified voice in various outdoor projects and issues.

Peter Norbeck


Peter Norbeck was South Dakota's first native-born governor and United States senator, serving as governor from 1917 to 1921 and as senator from 1921 until his death in 1936.  He brought Gutzon Borglum to South Dakota and convinced Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide federal money for the carving of Mount Rushmore.  He also contributed to the development of Sylvan Lake, Needles Highway, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park.

Words to live by


"You're not supposed to drive here at 60 miles an hour.
To do the scenery half justice, people should drive 20 or under.
To do it full justice they should get out and walk."

---Peter Norbeck on the Black Hills.