Public Input Sought on Environmental Assessment
Contact: Cody Waggener, 605/433-5281
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605/433-5281
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. - The National Park Service, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the Central Federal Lands Highway Division, has available for public comment an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Phases III and IV of the Badlands National Park Loop Road Rehabilitation Project. This assessment has been prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. The 30 day public review and comment period will begin September 5, 2006. Copies of the EA document can be sent electronically, or by CD, by submitting a request here. Reviewers are invited to provide written comments on any issues or concerns regarding this management plan. Please send written comments to Superintendent, Badlands National Park, 25216 Ben Reifel Road, P.O. Box 6, Interior, SD 57750 or send an email here. Comments must be received by October 6, 2006 to receive full consideration.
Congress authorized the creation of Badlands National Monument in 1929 “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people”. This establishing legislation required the state of South Dakota to acquire certain lands and construct a scenic road to provide public access. Those conditions were met in 1939, and Badlands National Monument was established by presidential proclamation. The purpose of the Badlands Loop Road Rehabilitation Project is to bring the entire Loop Road into compliance with NPS Road Standards, extend the serviceable life of the road, enhance visitor enjoyment of the park, improve drainage, improve safety, and improve the parking lot for the Door and Window Trails.
Did You Know?
Badlands National Park maintains an open backcountry policy for exploration of its rugged landscape. While the park has no formal backcountry permit or reservation system, hikers are advised to stop at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center for planning assistance, safety tips, directions, and regulations.