Successful trail systems involve collaboration between land managers, volunteer groups, and other local stakeholders, such as businesses, private landowners, environmental organizations, and community leaders. Our organization works cooperatively with the US Forest Service; BLM; South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks; Rapid City Parks and Recreation; and private landowners to maintain established trails.
BHMBA’s Adopt-A-Trail program is part of the organization’s commitment to trail maintenance, and allows you to volunteer to provide ongoing work/maintenance on a specific trail or trails.
It is critical that those involved adhere to the trail maintenance guidelines documented in the Trail Maintenance Agreement below, and also be aware of any other agreements pertaining to specific Black Hills trails. These agreements dictate what kind of work can be performed.
If you are new to trail work, be sure to come properly dressed with boots, eye protection and gloves. It’s a good idea to bring water and, when needed, insect repellent and sunscreen. Tools used include picks, shovels, mowers, weed-eaters, weed sprayers, wheelbarrows, etc. We have some of these, but at times more are needed. On group projects, we sometimes take a break for biking, so bring your bike along.