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Located in sparsely populated southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park consists of 242,756 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires interspersed with one of the largest protected mixed-grass prairie in the United States. Approximately 46% of the park has been mapped as barren with an equal amount mapped as native prairie. These barren Badlands, along with the associated fossils, are widely viewed as the most significant natural resources in the park. However, the mixed-grass prairie ecosystem is also recognized as significant.

At a regional scale, the park is significant because of the large prairie dog complexes, bison grazing, and the use of fire in maintaining the ecosystem. The endangered black-footed ferret makes the park globally important. More information about the natural resources in Badlands National Park may be found on the park's Nature and Science webpage.



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Report – Plant community composition and structure monitoring for Badlands National Park: 2017 Data Report

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The Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Network and Fire Effects program monitored vegetation at 26 sites in Badlands National Park in 2017. This report summarizes the 2017 data.
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Resource Brief – Accoustic bat monitoring at Badlands National Park: 2014-2017

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Midwest regional biologists and NGPN have conducted acoustic bat monitoring at Badlands National Park in 2014 to 2017. The goal of this monitoring is to detect long-term trends in bat populations at the park. Learn more...

Resource Brief – Landbird monitoring results at Badlands National Park: 2016

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This is the fourth year of landbird surveys conducted at Badlands National Park. Bird monitoring is conducted in collaboration with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. The goal of this monitoring is to assess bird populations and community changes over time. Learn more...

Report – Plant community composition and structure monitoring for Badlands National Park: 2016 Data Report

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The Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Network and Fire Effects program monitored vegetation at 40 sites in Badlands National Park in 2016. This report summarizes the 2016 data.
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