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The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm. The front parking lot is under construction. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. Expect 10 - 15 minute road construction delays along Hwy 240 Loop Road.
National Park Service Schedules Open House Meetings for Badlands National Park South Unit
Contact: Dr. Paige Baker, (605) 433-5361
Interior, S.D.— Thirteen open house-style meetings will be held during the second and third weeks of April to give interested people and organizations an opportunity to learn about and comment on the General Management Plan for the future management of the South Unit of Badlands National Park.
The meetings will be held as follows:
Red Shirt - Monday, April 7, 4-6 p.m.
Oglala - Tuesday, April 8, 1-4 p.m.
Manderson - Wednesday, April 9, 12-4 p.m.
Rapid City – Wednesday, April 9, 6-8 p.m.
Alex Johnson Hotel, 523 6th Street
Wall - Thursday, April 10, 6-8 p.m.
Wall Community Center, 601 Main St.
Batesland - Friday, April 11, 2-4 p.m.
Pine Ridge – Monday, April 14, 1-3 p.m.
Pine Ridge Village CAP
Allen - Monday, April 14, 5-8 p.m.
Pass Creek CAP, Allen
Martin - Tuesday, April 15, 1-4 p.m.
Wanblee - Tuesday, April 15, 6-8 p.m.
Crazy Horse School
Kyle - Wednesday, April 16, 5-8 p.m.
Medicine Root CAP
Wounded Knee - Thursday, April 17, 5-8 p.m.
Wounded Knee CAP
Porcupine – Friday, April 18, 1-4 p.m.
The GMP Planning Team will develop preliminary alternatives after examining the public comments received from these meetings, submitted through the mail and on the park and NPS websites, and consulting with others. The plan is expected to take up to three years to complete. When finalized, this General Management Plan will describe the general direction the NPS will follow in managing the South Unit for the next 15 to 20 years.
The South Unit of Badlands National Park, which is located on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, holds some of the region’s most valued natural resources, including spectacular scenery, mixed-grass prairie, and wildlife. The South Unit is also historically significant to the Oglala Sioux people.
Anyone interested in learning more about the planning activities at the South Unit may attend one of the open houses or contact the park at 605-433-5361. Written comments or information should be directed to: Superintendent, Badlands National Park, PO Box 6, 25216 Ben Reifel Rd., Interior, South Dakota 57750 or the Badlands National Park website at http://www.nps.gov/badl/ or at the PEPC website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov.
Did You Know?
Four species of wildlife have been reintroduced into the Badlands since its establishment as a National Monument in 1939. The black-footed ferret, bighorn sheep, bison, and swift fox, once exterminated from the area's mixed grass prairie, are again thriving in their native habitat.