• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Trail Closure Information

    The Highland Creek Trail is closed. Backcountry Zones 1 and 2 are closed to all off-trail travel and use. The Sanctuary and Centennial Trails remain open to through traffic.

  • Temporary Road Closure Information

    Oct. 18 & 19: NPS 5 and 6 are closed for the entire weekend. Monday, Oct. 20, through Wednesday, Oct. 22, NPS 5 will be closed from Highway 87 to NPS 6. Highway 87 will be closed from Road 342 (Beaver Creek Road) north to the park boundary.

Comments Sought for Exotic Plant Management Plan

Crews at Wind Cave National Park pulling Canada thistle last summer as part of the park’s exotic plant control program.
Crews at Wind Cave National Park pulling Canada thistle last summer as part of the park’s exotic plant control program.
NPS Photo
 
Date
May 06, 2005

Contacts
Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
Phyllis Cremonini, 605-745-1131

The National Park Service is seeking comments for an Exotic Plant Management Plan / Environmental Assessment (EPMP/EA) to control exotic (non-native) plants at 13 parks located in the Northern Great Plains area. Park units included in this plan are Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Devils Tower National Monument, Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Jewel Cave National Monument, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Missouri National Recreational River, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Niobrara National Scenic River, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and Wind Cave National Park.

The intent of this plan is to manage exotic plants to reduce their negative effects on native plant communities and other natural and cultural resources within these areas. While many area park units already have exotic plant control programs, this plan uses an integrated pest management approach and considers the use of a range of treatment options such as cultural, manual/mechanical, biological control, chemical, and prescribed fire. Individual treatments or combinations of these treatments would be implemented as appropriate in each park unit.

There will be an open house to discuss the EPMP/EA. The open house will be held in the Pine Room at the Custer County Library on Tuesday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The EPMP/EA is available at www.northerngreatplains-nps.com, or by calling Mr. Chad Prosser at (701) 623-4730 x3578. The document is also available for review during normal business hours at any of the park units or at the Rapid City, Custer, Wall, or Hot Springs libraries.

Comments must be received by June 15th, 2005. Comments can be mailed to Greystone Environmental Consultants, Inc., Attention: Chris Rutledge, 5231 South Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111; or faxed to: (303) 721-9298, Attention: Chris Rutledge; or e-mailed to: northerngreatplains@greystone.us. Names and addresses of people who comment become part of the public record. If you wish your name and address withheld, this must be stated prominently at the beginning of your comments.

Did You Know?

American bison on the Wind Cave National Park prairie

The American bison is the largest terrestrial mammal in North America. Male bison can weigh a ton and can run 35 miles per hour. Do not approach bison. They weigh more and can outrun you. More...