• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Public Input Encouraged in Badlands Planning Effort

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Date: July 26, 2007
Contact: Paige Baker PhD, (605) 433-5280

Omaha, Neb. - The National Park Service (NPS) has recently begun working on a General Management Plan (GMP) for the South Unit of Badlands National Park. The NPS and Oglala Sioux Tribe are preparing preliminary alternatives for management of the South Unit and invite the public to submit comments and suggestions.

In 2000, the NPS requested and received public comments on a GMP inclusive of both the North and South Units of the park. However, in 2004, the NPS decided to complete separate plans for each unit; the two GMPs together will describe a plan for management of Badlands National Park for the next 15-20 years. Earlier comments elicited related to operations, cultural and natural resources management, visitor education and experience, and access. A synopsis of comments from the 2000-2003 planning process is available on the park website at http://www.nps.gov/badl/parkmgmt/planning.htm.

At this time, the NPS South Unit GMP team welcomes new issues or concerns about management of the South Unit by contacting Badlands National Park Superintendent Dr. Paige Baker by telephone at 605-433-5280, by mail at Badlands National Park, 25216 Ben Reifel Road, P.O. Box 6, Interior, SD 57750, by email. The South Unit GMP team intends to have a newsletter describing draft preliminary alternatives available to the public by the end of summer 2007. The public will then again be invited to comment specifically on those draft alternatives at public meetings, by mail, and via other collection methods.

Did You Know?

The rich hue of the Yellow Mounds paleosols

The yellow and red layers in the badlands formations are fossilized soils, called paleosols. Fossil root traces, burrows, and animal bones found within the soils provide scientists with evidence of environmental and climatic changes that occurred in the badlands over time.