Yet Another Reason Why Canyon Rim Ranch Is Such A Great Place To Live!

Canyon Rim Ranch recently applied for and was awarded the designation as a Firewise USA community by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The Firewise program is co-sponsored by the United States Forest Service, the United States Department of Interior and the National Association of State Foresters. The program teaches people how to adapt to living with the threat of wildfires and encourages neighbors to work together to prevent losses. As a result of the designation, Canyon Rim Ranch joins approximately 1,500 communities across the country that have been recognized by the NFPA’s Firewise program, only eight of which are in South Dakota.

The steep canyon walls, large mountain meadows and proximity to pristine forest make Canyon Rim Ranch a beautiful place to live. But with such beauty also comes the potential risk of wildfires. So, in 2010, the community sought the advice and help of David Hettick, a rural forester with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. In the ensuing years, Canyon Rim Ranch has completed 215.9 acres of forest stand improvement and fuels treatment, as well as 105.7 acres of conifer removal and fuel treatment in natural meadow areas, and most of the individual owners have completed fuel treatments on their own properties. Canyon Rim Ranch has also become a member of the American Tree Farm System.

With less fuel and proper preparation, the risk of wildfire is greatly diminished. And, by continuing their efforts, the homeowners of Canyon Rim Ranch should be able to enjoy the natural beauty for many years to come.

A Travel Tip and a Tiger Tale.

Red Canyon Company was born out of desire to preserve the environment – a desire that is not confined to the Black Hills of South Dakota. We support environmental causes around the nation and around the world. One of the most recent is the Panna Tiger Reserve in India. On a recent visit to India, our Trail Boss visited the reserve, staying at the nearby Sarai at Toria. For a virtual visit, click on saraiattoria.com.

This charming inn is situated on a beautiful riverside site, and in the midst of an area noted for its history and natural beauty.

The inn’s owners and hosts are Dr. Raghu Chundawat and his wife, Joanna Van Gruisen, who were instrumental in re-establishing the Panna Tiger Reserve after more than 50 tigers were killed by poachers. That represents only a fraction of the slaughter. More than 80,000 tigers were killed between 1875 and 1925, and the killing has not stopped. It is estimated that there are now only about 3,000 tigers left in the world – two-thirds of them in India. As a result, the couple’s work with the Tiger Reserve is considered so important, it has been immortalized in the BBC documentary, “Tigers of the Emerald Forest.”
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Of course, the Sarai at Toria is run in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, providing comfort and indulgence while protecting the natural and the cultural environment. As the couple states on their website, they are also enthusiastic ‘foodies’ so your meals are a major focus of their hospitality.

The luxurious, intimate and earth-friendly retreat which opened in 2010 is conceived as the founding component of a wider project that seeks to play a positive role in the economic and social development of the local area. They also see it as a base for conservation activities, and for wildlife and climate change research.

For an unforgettable experience, we highly recommend the Sarai. Even if you’re unable to travel to India, we hope you’ll support the Panna Tiger Reserve. Red Canyon Company can provide information for donations. Or, if you’d prefer, we can facilitate your donation. Just contact the Trail Boss at 605.209.5219.