(SD)-Black Hills N.F. Adding First Trail Ranger Positions
CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - The Black Hills National Forest is creating its first trail ranger positions to help deal with the growing popularity of recreational all-terrain vehicles on its trail system.
Deputy Forest Supervisor Jerry Krueger says they will soon begin accepting applications for the 5 ranger jobs that will be spread out between Spearfish, Rapid City and Custer. They will be tasked with responding to complaints and enforcing the rules of the motorized trail system..
Motorized recreation was loosely regulated in the forest until 2010, when officials following national directives adopted a plan restricting vehicles to approved trails and requiring trail users to buy permits.
The popularity of the motorized trail system is reflected in permit sales which have grown from about 11,200 permits in 2013 to about 21,500 last year.
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