Writing an email is a great way to contact your public servants at the Black Hills National Forest. In the event your primary communication with a Forest representative is in-person or over the telephone, sending an agenda and summary email are a great way to create a permanent record of the interaction for your future reference. Remember to always be courteous, factual, and very clear in your communications with Black Hills National Forest Rangers — presenting yourself professionally is important for the reputation of all trail users!

Black Hills National Forest Leadership:

Forest Supervisor
Mark Van Every

Mystic District Ranger
Ruth Esperance

Bearlodge District Ranger
Steve Kozel

Northern Hills District Ranger (Acting)
Karen Hartman

Hell Canyon District Ranger
Tracy L Anderson


Please feel free to carbon copy (CC) the Black Hills Trails team on any correspondence with the Black Hills National Forest related to trails by including team@blackhillstrails.org.

Our elected federal representatives from South Dakota and Wyoming are here to help in navigating issues with federal agencies. You may also consider including them in your discussion should you face difficulties.