• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

2004 News Releases

December 10, 2004
Christmas Comes Early to Park
Superintendent Linda L. Stoll announced today that Wind Cave National Park will receive more than $4,800 worth of professional digital photography equipment from Kodak through the National Park Foundation as part of the Proud Partners of America’s National Parks program.
 
November 30, 2004
Holiday Open House Planned
Superintendent Linda L. Stoll invites the public to a holiday open house at the Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center on Wednesday, December 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
 
October 22, 2004
Lunar Eclipse Program and Halloween Tours to be Presented
Rangers will be offering two special programs this week at Wind Cave National Park. The first program will observe a rare total lunar eclipse, and the second will be a Halloween glimpse into the past.
 
September 17, 2004
Park to Conduct Prescribed Fires
If weather and fuel conditions permit, fire officials at Wind Cave National Park plan to conduct two prescribed burns this fall.
 

September 10, 2004
Route to the Bottom of Wind Cave Passable for First Time in 5 Years
One of the effects of Western South Dakota’s drought recently became obvious hundreds of feet beneath the surface. Park employees on a routine work trip on August 19 discovered a small lake that previously blocked access to deeper cave had drained enough to squeeze past it.

 
September 09, 2004
Elk Bugling Season Has Begun
The annual elk bugling season is in progress at Wind Cave National Park. This high-pitched whistle heralds the arrival of fall and the mating season of the Rocky Mountain elk.
 

September 02, 2004
Free Cave Tours and Programs September 18
All cave tours and programs at Wind Cave National Park will be free to the visiting public on Saturday, September 18. This is in recognition of National Public Lands Day, an event inspired by the spirit of the 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

 
July 06, 2004
Director Mainella Goes Caving

As part of her visit to the park, Director Fran Mainella took a "wild cave tour" through an undeveloped section of Wind Cave.
 
June 10, 2004
Summer Ranger Programs Begin
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park have begun offering their summer schedule of interpretive programs.
 
May 28, 2004
Fire Cache EA Released for Public Review

Wind Cave National Park is soliciting public comments of an environmental assessment (EA) prepared to construct a new fire cache.
 
April 30, 2004
Park Emerging as Key Air Quality Monitoring Site
With a recent upgrade of air quality monitoring equipment, and a proposal by the State of South Dakota to expand further the park’s capacity, Wind Cave National Park is becoming a key site for the establishment of baseline air quality data for western South Dakota.
 
April 23, 2004
Hay Flats/Red Valley Prescribed Fire
Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park partner to complete 4,200 acre prescribed burn.
 

April 09, 2004
Planning Begins for Cave and Karst Resource Management Plan
Wind Cave National Park is initiating a planning process to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for updating the park’s Cave and Karst Resource Management Plan.

 

April 06, 2004
Planning Begins for Rehabilitation of Highway 87

Initial planning has begun for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the rehabilitation of 7.2 miles of Highway 87 through the park and about 1.4 miles of road along the North and South Entrance Roads into the Visitor Center.

 
April 06, 2004
Planning Begins for Replacement of Cave Lighting System
Planning has begun for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the rehabilitation of the lighting system within Wind Cave.
 
April 05, 2004
Prescribed Burn Planned with Custer State Park

Officials at Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park announced that they are preparing to conduct a shared burn this spring in the Hay Flats/Red Valley area of their parks.
 
March 25, 2004
Elk Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease
A twenty-month old elk recently observed exhibiting clinical signs of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has tested positive for the fatal disease.
 
March 12, 2004
Sewer Line Contract Available On-Line
The contract between Wind Cave National Park and the City of Hot Springs concerning a proposed sewer line is now available on-line.
 
February 23, 2004
One Elk Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

Increased vigilance for animals exhibiting signs of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Wind Cave National Park resulted in the discovery of an elk displaying clinical signs of the disease.
 
February 09, 2004
Man Convicted of Shooting Wildlife
Man convicted of firing a weapon and killing wildlife within the park.
 
January 30, 2004
One Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease
One deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and twenty-one tested negative as a result of samples collected in mid-January.
 
January 16, 2004
Twenty-Four Deer Tested for Chronic Wasting Disease

As part of a three-year study of Wind Cave National Park’s deer herd, twenty-four deer were captured and tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Did You Know?

boxwork

Wind Cave is one of the longest caves in the world and has an amazing amount of a rare cave formation called boxwork. More...