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Agency staff standing amid large piles of rusty barbed wire, rolls of fencing, and stacks of fenceposts, all removed from the wilderness.
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Orientation: Landscape
Photographer/Submitter: Loyd Griswald
Wilderness: Badlands Wilderness
Categories: Traditional tools and skills
Keywords: People, Fence removal, Fencing, Stockpile
Description: On august 12 – 14, 2008, with the help of two blackhawk helicopter crews from the south dakota army national guard, 106,000 pounds of homesteader fencing were removed from the sage creek portion of the wilderness. over a period of at least fifteen years, eighteen miles of homesteader fence had been taken down and stacked within the wilderness. local volunteers and nps personal used horses pulling stone boats to skid and stack thousands of pounds of barbed wire, steel, and wood posts. the resulting 53 loads of material were then lifted with helibaskets to a location outside the wilderness boundary, sorted, and trucked away. this pictures shows the fencing stockpile outside the wilderness boundary.

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