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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

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  • Caution - Roadwork on Highway 16 - Expect Delays

    Construction projects both along highway 16 and the Jewel Cave parking lot are planned during this spring season. The visitor center will be open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and closed on weekends through April. No reservations for cave tours. More »

Management

MEMS / CFP Plans

This Modified Environmental Management System (MEMS) / Climate Friendly Parks (CFP) Plan 2013 was developed by Jewel Cave National Monument's "Green Team", whose role is to guide sustainability projects, encourage green practices, and educate the staff and public. The Green Team sets annual sustainability goals and reports progress to park management.

 

Laws and Policies

Superintendent's Compendium - January 2011 (174KB.pdf) - Specific regulations of Jewel Cave National Monument established under the discretionary authority of the Park Superintendent.


Below are some of the documents used to plan for the future of the monument:

Museum Documents

Scope of Collections Statement (2011)


Cave and Karst Management Plan (2007)

Cave and Karst Management Plan and EA PDF 1.96 MB

Cave and Karst Management Plan Appendices PDF 442 KB

Finding of No Significant Impact PDF 781 KB

Finding of No Significant Impact Appendix (Includes Errata) PDF 88 KB



Historic Resources Study (2006)

Entire document PDF 5MB


Cultural Landscape Report (2005) -

The Cultural Landscape Report contains both a brief history of Jewel Cave National Monument from pre-Euro-American times to the present. It also details the geographic landscape of the Monument and management issues. It goes on to list several options for management in the future and the environmental impacts of these options.

Cover and Contents PDF 476 KB

Part I Chapters 1-4 PDF 14 MB

Part II Chapters 5 - 10 PDF 7.04 MB

Bibliography, Preparers, Appendix PDF 241 KB


Strategic Plans

Oct. 2000 - Sept. 2005 Word Doc 468 KB






Did You Know?

Entrance to Jewel Cave

Jewel Cave has only one natural entrance. Although the cave is more than 160 miles long, it lies beneath just 3 square miles of land area.