Devils Tower Opens Public Comment Period for the Black-tailed Prairie Dog Management Plan / Environmental Assessment
Contact: Nancy Stimson, 307 467 5283
Devils Tower Opens Public Comment Period for the Black-tailed Prairie Dog Management Plan / Environmental Assessment.
Devils Tower National Monument invites public comment on a proposed Prairie Dog Management Plan.
The proposed management plan / environmental assessment is available at the Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPCI) website, http://parkplanning.nps.gov/deto. Additionally, a copy of the proposed plan can be obtained at the monument's administration building 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Comments will be accepted August 1 - 30, 2013 electronically through PEPCI, at the monument administration building or by mailing it to Superintendent, Devils Tower National Monument, P. O. Box 10, Devils Tower, WY 82714.
A residential prairie dog colony comprised of approximately 40 acres in the southeast corner of the monument has required population control measures to prevent encroachment into the Belle Fourche River Campground, the nearby picnic area, trails, roads and exhibit areas.
Superintendent Reed Robinson said "The purpose of this plan is to manage black-tailed prairie dogs as a valued keystone species, while protecting visitors, park resources, and infrastructure."
To learn more about the proposed plan and other activities at Devils Tower National Monument call 307-467-5283, visit us online at www.nps.gov/deto or on Facebook at Devils-Tower-National-Monument-Official-NPS-Site. Devils Tower National Monument is located, 33 miles northeast of Moorcroft, WY, 27 miles northwest of Sundance, WY via U.S. 14, 9 Miles south of Hulett via WY 24, and 52 miles southwest of Belle Fourche, S.D. via S.D. Highway 34/WY24.
Did You Know?
Eradication programs have reduced the black-tailed prairie dog’s range from thousands of square miles to a few scattered preserves like this one at Devils Tower National Monument. They now inhabit about 2% of the area they once occupied 200 years ago.