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Badlands National Park Preparing Prairie Dog Management Plan and Environmental Assessment
Contact: Julie Johndreau, (605) 433-5242
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. — The National Park Service (NPS) Badlands National Park is preparing a Prairie Dog Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (Plan/EA). NPS objectives for the plan are to ensure the black-tailed prairie dog population remains viable and a key factor in the park ecosystem while providing strategies for controlling prairie dog expansion to private lands along the park boundary.
Approximately 140,000 acres of the park’s 244,000 acres are located within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and cooperatively managed with the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Because the Tribe and BIA address grazing and prairie dog issues on that part of the park (South Unit), the proposed plan will address prairie dog management only on the 100,000-acre North Unit.
NPS will be conducting two open-house meetings on the project to give members of the public information on the status of the prairie dogs at Badlands NP, discuss the management planning/NEPA process, and solicit public input on their issues and concerns. The meetings will be held on October 5, 2006 at the Community Center in Wall, SD from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and in the Badlands Room, Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Rapid City from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided.
If you cannot attend either meeting or wish to submit additional comments, or request to receive a copy of the environmental assessment, you may write to: Paige Baker, PhD, Superintendent, Badlands National Park, Interior, SD 57750; e-mail comments here; or call Julie Johndreau at (605) 433-5242.
Did You Know?
The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.