PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest is the star of Your Forests Your Future’s latest film in their More Than Just Forests series.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism partnered with Your Forest Your Future and the Black Hills National Forest to garner high quality video assets to promote the Black Hills National Forest. The video will be utilized in visitor centers across the Black Hills National Forest and in marketing efforts to promote the forest.

Viewers can watch the sun rise on sublime rock formations, virtually experience the catch of a fish in one of the wild streams, fly through golden grassland, ride on horseback through ponderosa forest, and head to the top of a lookout for a jaw-dropping 360-view of rugged country rising from the plains below.

The Department of Tourism is pleased to be a sponsor of this film that brings one of the treasures of our state to the national spotlight.

“We continue to see an increasing amount of interest in the Black Hills National Forest,” said Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “Its unique recreational opportunities provide a great advantage and hook when touting the benefits of visiting South Dakota from Americans and in all of our international markets. The accessibility and beauty of this forest make it one of a kind.”

The More Than Just Forests film series by Your Forests Your Future is designed to excite people about their national forests and encourage them to join the conversations around the future of these special places.

“The Black Hills National Forest is a treasure to not only the people who live here, but to all who come to visit,” said Mark Van Every, Black Hills National Forest Supervisor. “The video spotlights some of the most beautiful places on earth and we are thrilled to be a partner with South Dakota Department of Tourism and Your Forests Your Future to show Americans their national forest.”

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The department is led by Secretary James Hagen.


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About the South Dakota Department of Tourism
With world-renowned monuments, breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and heritage and warm hospitality, South Dakota inspires a heightened sense of freedom and optimism and is one of America’s most desired and meaningful vacation destinations. The Department works to maximize tourism’s impact on South Dakota’s economy by increasing domestic and international travel to our state.

About the Black Hills National Forest
The Black Hills National Forest is comprised of approximately 1.2 million acres of public lands.  The name “Black Hills” is derived from the Lakota words “paha sapa,” meaning “hills that are black.”  The Forest offers highly accessible recreation for all ages with hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, rock climbing, motorized trail riding, hunting and shooting, and more.  The Forest has 2 scenic byways including Spearfish Canyon and Peter Norbeck Scenic Byways.  The Black Elk Wilderness Area encompasses 13,426 acres including Black Elk Peak, which sits at 7,242 feet and is the highest point between the Rocky Mountains and the Pyrenees.  There are 11 reservoirs, 30 campgrounds, 26 picnic areas, 1,300 miles of streams, 350 miles of non-motorized trails, nearly 700 miles of motorized trails and 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.

About Your Forests Your Future:
Your Forests Your Future is a national campaign run by a unique partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, the nonprofit organization Salmon Valley Stewardship, and the media company More Than Just Parks. We aim to engage Americans in shaping the future of their national forests through visually stunning content and multimedia tools for engagement, and connect them to planning processes on the ground in real time.


Katlyn Richter, Global Media & Public Relations Director
South Dakota Department of Tourism
Phone: 605-773-3301
Email: [email protected]

Scott Jacobson, Public Affairs Officer
Black Hills National Forest
Phone: 605-440-1409
Email: [email protected]

Will Pattiz
Your Forest Your Future
Phone: 404-582-3397
Email: [email protected]