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Pine forests and mixed-grass meadows at Jewel Cave NM
Pine forests and mixed-grass meadows at Jewel Cave National Monument

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Jewel Cave National Monument is a 1,274 acre park located in the southwestern Black Hills. Land prospectors discovered the cave around 1900 when they found air blowing out of a small hole above Hell Canyon. With over 162 miles of passages surveyed, it is the third longest cave in the world

The landscape above the cave is dominated by ponderosa pine interspersed with mixed-grass meadows. In August 2000, the 83,503-acre Jasper Fire burned through a large portion of the western Black Hills drastically changing the vegetation and affecting the faunal community.

A wide variety of birds, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals were inventoried at the park. Jewel Cave also supports one of the largest colonies of Townsend's big-eared bats in the world. More information about Jewel Cave's natural resources can be found on the park's Nature and Science webpage.



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Resource Brief – Bat monitoring results at Jewel Cave National Monument: 2014-2017

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Midwest regional biologists and NGPN have conducted acoustic bat monitoring at Jewel Cave National Monument in 2014 to 2017. The goal of this monitoring is to detect long-term trends in bat populations at the park.
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Resource Brief– Landbird monitoring results at Jewel Cave National Monument: 2016.

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This is the fourth year of landbird surveys conducted at Jewel Cave National Monument. 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.
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Report – Plant community composition and structure monitoring for Jewel Cave National Monument: 2016 Data Report

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The Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Network and Fire Effects program monitored vegetation at 60 sites at Jewel Cave National Monument in 2016. This report summarizes the 2016 data.
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Report – Plant community composition and structure monitoring for Jewel Cave National Monument: 2014 Annual Report

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The Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Network surveyed 6 long-term monitoring plots at Jewel Cave National Monument in 2014 as part of an effort to better understand the condition of plant communities in the park.
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