2006 News Releases
December 14, 2006
Volunteer Fire Departments Receive Grants from Wind Cave National Park
Six area volunteer fire departments recently received grants totaling nearly $52,000 from Wind Cave National Park as part of the Rural Fire Assistance Program.
December 01, 2006
November 16, 2006
Wind Cave to Host Open House for Draft Ferret Management Plan
Wind Cave National Park will host an informal open house to discuss the park’s Draft Black-footed Ferret Management Plan and Environmental Assessment on Tuesday, November 28.
October 17, 2006
Park Conducts Annual Bison Roundup
The sound of thundering hoofs, helicopter rotor blades, and clanging metal gates marked the beginning of Wind Cave National Park’s annual bison roundup. Two helicopters working in tandem brought in 318 animals during the two-day roundup held on October 16 and 17.
September 14, 2006
Free Tours at Wind Cave September 30 in Honor of National Public Lands Day
All cave tours and programs at Wind Cave National Park will be free to the public on Saturday, September 30, in recognition of National Public Lands Day.
September 07, 2006
Park Offers Elk Bugling Programs
Throughout the month of September, rangers will give a brief interpretive program about elk before leading a caravan to a nearby pullout to listen for them. These programs will be offered on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings through September 30.
August 30, 2006
Park to Close Highway 87 for Road Construction
Highway 87 in Wind Cave National Park will close for upwards of four weeks beginning September 11 while contractors work on the Beaver Creek Bridge.
July 31, 2006
Wind Cave National Park Announces Fire Restrictions
Superintendent Linda. L. Stoll announced today that due to extreme fire conditions, fire restrictions are in place at Wind Cave National Park.
July 13, 2006
Park Seeks Comments on Black-footed Ferret Reintroduction
Wind Cave National Park is initiating the planning process to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) written for the reintroduction of Black-footed ferrets.
June 22, 2006
Park Seeks Comments on Plan to Replace Campground Water System
Wind Cave National Park is soliciting comments on an environmental assessment (EA) written to replace the deteriorating water system serving the Elk Mountain Campground and nearby picnic area.
June 16, 2006
Karri Fischer Receives National Award
Karri Fischer, Fire Program Management Assistant at Wind Cave National Park, was recently honored with the second annual Jeanie Harris Award at the Midwest Region Fire Management meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.
June 13, 2006
Four Elk Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease This Year
Four elk tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) over the winter at Wind Cave National Park.
June 08, 2006
Silent Sentinel Marks Fiftieth Anniversary
This summer Wind Cave National Park is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Rankin Ridge Fire Lookout Tower.
June 07, 2006
Park Releases Final Prairie Dog Management Plan
Acreage of prairie dogs at Wind Cave National Park will remain in the 1,000 to 3,000 acre range as a result of a recently completed environmental assessment.
May 18, 2006
Antler Poaching Remains a Threat to Park Resources
Wind Cave National Park rangers have increased their patrols of the park’s backcountry in an effort to combat the illegal poaching of elk antlers.
May 16, 2006
Caver Featured in Documentary to Speak at Park
Dr. Louise Hose, former Director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, will present a program about Mexico’s Cueva de Villa Luz (“Cave of the Lighted House”) at Wind Cave on May 27.
May 11, 2006
Park Serves as Outdoor Classroom for 20th Year
For the 20th consecutive year, Wind Cave National Park is being used as an outdoor classroom for area students.
April 27, 2006
Planned Prescribed Fires Postponed
Park managers at Wind Cave National Park have decided to postpone several prescribed fires planned for this spring.
April 04, 2006
Construction Will Force One-Day Closure of Wind Cave Visitor Center and Cave
Crews from Black Hills Power are scheduled to replace a power transformer at Wind Cave National Park on Tuesday, April 18, forcing the closure of the park visitor center and cave.
April 03, 2006
Wind Cave National Park Plans Spring Prescribed Fires
Depending on weather and fuel conditions, park management plans to conduct a series of small prescribed fires this spring.
March 23, 2006
Road Construction Planned for Highway 87
Rehabilitation work on scenic Highway 87 in Wind Cave National Park is scheduled to begin this fall and run through July of 2007.
March 09, 2006
Historic Tribal Gathering at Wind Cave National Park
Twenty tribal members from nine tribes recently met at Wind Cave National Park as part of a consultation effort to improve the park’s interpretive program.
February 16, 2006
New Discoveries Make Wind Cave Fourth Longest in World
Eighteen cave explorers surveyed over 3,500 hundred feet of new passages on Saturday, February 11th, making Wind Cave the fourth-longest cave in the world.
February 02, 2006
Park to Build Wastewater Treatment Lagoons
Construction will begin this summer in Wind Cave National Park on three wastewater treatment lagoons.
February 01, 2006
Wind Cave to Host Open House for Draft Prairie Dog Management Plan
Wind Cave National Park will host an informal open house to discuss the park’s draft prairie dog management plan and environmental assessment on Thursday, February 16.
January 31, 2006
Satellites Used to Track Elk at Wind Cave National Park
Fifty-three elk received GPS (Global Positioning System) radio collars recently in Wind Cave National Park as part of an on-going study to learn about elk movement patterns in the Southern Black Hills.
January 19, 2006
Pringle and Custer Volunteer Fire Departments Receive Grants from Wind Cave National Park
The Pringle and Custer Volunteer Fire Departments recently received grants from Wind Cave National Park as part of the Rural Fire Program Assistance Program.
January 19, 2006
Wind Cave Seeks Comments on Draft Prairie Dog Management Plan
Wind Cave National Park is soliciting comments on an environmental assessment (EA) and plan written to manage the park’s black-tailed prairie dog population.
January 13, 2006
Ranger to Present Program on the Acid Caves of Mexico
Ranger Jim Pisarowicz will present a program at the Hot Springs Mueller Center featuring Mexico’s Cueva de Villa Luz (“Cave of the Lighted House”) on Thursday, January 26.
January 12, 2006
Wind Cave Seeks Comments on Plan to Rehabilitate Highway 87
Wind Cave National Park is soliciting comments on an environmental assessment (EA) written to rehabilitate and resurface 1.4 miles of Visitor Center access roads and 7.2 miles of South Dakota State Highway 87.
Did You Know?
Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.