THE NORBECK SOCIETY IS:      “Friends and neighbors as advocates for stewardship, restoration, and enjoyment of public lands, ensuring a conservation legacy for future generations.”



  • May 6, 2017 Field Training for Adopt an Allotment Citizen Science Project: Meet Beth Burkhart, Adopt an Allotment project coordinator, at 1 pm Outdoor Campus West (in the main parking lot by the lake). Activities will include Robel pole protocol demonstration, hands-on field training, selection of allotments for 2017 summer monitoring, and equipment assembly.
  • May 11, 2017 membership meeting: Dr. Andy Detwiler will present on “Geo-Climate – An Intricate Balance” at 5:30pm at SDSMT Faculty Lounge. There are many feedback/control mechanisms involved in maintaining the greenhouse effect in the earth’s atmosphere. 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. This will be the last monthly membership meeting until fall 2017.
  • May 21, 2017 DEADLINE: The Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board (NFAB) is seeking input from trail users in the Black Hills area to understand desired non-motorized trail user experiences for the future. A survey is open to the public until May 21.                                                                           It can be found at: https://eSurv.org?s=MJODLG_10d741b4
  • New “Adopt an Allotment” Project: 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 to monitor. LEARN MORE
  • Annual membership fee for 2017 is now payable. LEARN MORE
  • Norbeck Society is opposed to the proposed Spearfish Canyon/Bismarck Lake land trade between SD Game Fish and Parks and Black Hills National Forest, a new state park in Spearfish Canyon, and expansion of Custer State Park by addition of Bismarck Lake. SD Game Fish and Parks has put the planning process on “pause” as of April 2017.  LEARN MORE