Custer, SD; October 13, 2016 – The Black Hills National Forest is the recipient of the 2016 Accessibility Accomplishment Award to a Forest Service unit in recognition of the Forest’s sustained commitment and dedication to foster broad understanding, support, and implementation of universal design concepts across the full range of the forest’s recreation and administrative facilities and programs.
The Forest was nominated by Region 2 for this national award and selected by the Washington Office national review team for the long standing and solid commitment of Forest leadership and employees.
For the past 27 years, the Black Hills National Forest has actively pursued improving accessibility by building and maintaining accessible paths, restrooms, overlooks, fishing bridges, fishing docks, areas for picnicking and providing beach access mats.
The Forest Service has a long-standing commitment to integrate the highest accessibility standards into new or updated facilities, which results in an improved overall experience for all visitors.
Also nominated by Region 2 and honored for their work were Black Hills National Forest Civil Engineer Paul Bosworth, and the Forest’s North and South zone engineering teams, for their long standing commitment and consistent integration of accessibility into a broad range of projects on the Forest.
The Black Hills National Forest has also developed strong partnerships to assist in accessibility improvement and include: Forest Recreation Management, South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, South Dakota Department of Transportation, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, Black Hills Workshop, Northern Hills Training Center and many volunteers.
The Forest Service Outdoor Recreation Accessibility Guidelines and the Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines are available free online.
For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.