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    Wind Cave

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October 28, 2014
Wind Cave Bison Help with Restoration Efforts
Bison from Wind Cave National Park were recently sent to help form new or augment existing herds in five different states.

September 18, 2014
Free Tours at Jewel and Wind Caves in Celebration of National Public Lands Day
Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park will be offering free tours on Saturday, September 27, as part of National Public Lands Day.

September 10, 2014
Wind Cave Postpones Prescribed Fire
The 2,199 acre prescribed burn planned for this September in the southwestern corner of Wind Cave National Park has been postponed until October.

August 28, 2014
Wind Cave Offering Elk Bugling Programs
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park will be leading programs this September to listen for the bugle of the Rocky Mountain elk

August 27, 2014
Service First Agreement Marks One Year Anniversary
In the year since local public land management agencies agreed to work closer together as part of a “Service First” agreement, shared resources have resulted in shorter construction times and lower costs.

August 22, 2014
Wind Cave Prepares for Prescribed Fire
Preparations are nearly complete for a 2,199 acre prescribed fire planned for this September at Wind Cave National Park. The burn area is located in the southwestern corner of the park, west of Highway 385.

August 14, 2014
Wind Cave Offers Free Tours on Founders Day, August 25
Wind Cave National Park will offer free tours on Monday, August 25, in honor of the 98th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service.

July 14, 2014
Wind Cave National Park Testing Sylvatic Plague Vaccine for Use in Prairie Dogs
Wind Cave National Park is one of 34 areas testing a vaccine to prevent the spread of sylvatic plague in prairie dog populations.

June 19, 2014
Tours, Hikes, and Bird Walks Highlight Wind Cave’s Summer
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park will be offering a variety of interpretive programs this summer.

May 29, 2014
Sign Written by Tribes Installed at Wind Cave National Park
A recently installed sign at the Natural Entrance to Wind Cave was developed by representatives of American Indian tribes.

May 13, 2014
South Dakota Recognizes Wind Cave National Park for Safe Drinking Water and Wastewater Operations
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced recently that Wind Cave National Park earned two awards -- one award concerned drinking water compliance and the second award was for wastewater operations.

May 07, 2014
Wind Cave National Park Postpones Prescribed Fire
The 2,199 acre prescribed burn planned for this spring in the southwestern corner of Wind Cave National Park has been postponed until fall.

May 01, 2014
Beth Burkhart Retires From Wind Cave after 30 Years of Service
A summer internship for the National Park Service (NPS) changed the life of a woman from Cleveland, Ohio.

April 25, 2014
Wind Cave National Park Prepares for Prescribed Fire
Preparations are nearly complete for a 2,199 acre prescribed fire planned this spring at Wind Cave National Park.

April 25, 2014
Jewel Cave and Wind Cave Announce Fee Increases
The two National Park Service caves in the Black Hills will be raising their rates as of April 30.

April 11, 2014
Go Wild at Wind Cave National Park and Celebrate National Park Week with Free Tours!
Free tours of Wind Cave will be offered Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20, as part of National Park Week.

February 06, 2014
Wind Cave Offers Free Tours Presidents Day Weekend
Wind Cave National Park will offer free tours over Presidents Day weekend, February 15 to the 17.

December 30, 2013
Nature Program for Children Offered this Winter at Wind Cave National Park
The Adventures in Nature program will be offered this winter and spring at Wind Cave National Park beginning January 14.

December 18, 2013
Wind Cave National Park Sees Increase in Bison Deaths
At least six bison have been killed in 3 motor vehicle collisions at Wind Cave National Park since October.

December 05, 2013
Holiday Events Planned at Wind Cave National Park
Holiday events at Wind Cave National Park begin Sunday, December 15, with the park’s 18th annual Christmas Bird Count and continue the following Tuesday, December 17th, with the park’s holiday open house.

November 05, 2013
Ranger Mary Laycock Retires After 34 Years at Wind Cave
Ranger Mary Laycock is retiring after working 34 years at Wind Cave National Park.

November 01, 2013
Free Tours at Wind Cave over Veterans Day Weekend
Wind Cave National Park will offer free tours over Veterans Day Weekend in honor of veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Force.

October 17, 2013
Wind Cave National Park Reopens
Wind Cave National Park reopened to visitors today.

September 28, 2013
Friends Help Build Fence at Wind Cave National Park
Volunteers from the Friends of Wind Cave National Park helped park staff install 400 feet of new fence at the park’s Wildlife Capture Facility as part of National Public Lands Day.

September 19, 2013
Jewel and Wind Caves offer Free Tours as Part of National Public Lands Day
Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park will be offering free tours on Saturday, September 28, as part of National Public Lands Day.

September 11, 2013
Wind Cave National Park Proposes to Raise Fees
Wind Cave National Park is seeking comments on a proposal that would raise cave tour and camping fees beginning next spring.

September 09, 2013
SCA Crews Help Prevent Lost Hikers at Wind Cave National Park
One hundred and sixteen wooden posts marking around 4. 5 miles of the Highland Creek and Centennial Trails through Wind Cave National Park were installed this summer by two high school Student Conservation Association (SCA) crews.

July 12, 2013
Wind Cave Rangers Offer Tour of Buffalo Jump
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park will offer a three-hour tour of the Sanson Homestead and Buffalo Jump on Saturday, July 27.

June 25, 2013
Wind Cave to Build Airlock for Walk-In Entrance
The revolving door at the Walk-In Entrance to Wind Cave will be replaced with a small airlock structure this winter as a result of a recently completed environmental assessment.

June 21, 2013
Use Caution When Driving at Wind Cave National Park
A recent vehicle accident at Wind Cave National Park highlights the need to drive cautiously due to wildlife on the road.

May 30, 2013
Service First Agreement Signed between U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service
Local public land management agencies in the southern Black Hills are working closer together as a result of a recently signed agreement between the Forest Service and the National Park Service.

May 30, 2013
Blustery Weekend Equals Record Visitation for Wind Cave National Park
A cool and blustery holiday weekend resulted in the highest Memorial Day Weekend visitation for Wind Cave National Park on record.

May 20, 2013
Wind Cave Opening Elk Mountain Campground
The Elk Mountain Campground, closed since March 7, is scheduled to reopen with reduced services for the summer on Friday, May 24.

May 01, 2013
Wind Cave Turns into Real Math Problem for Custer Students
High school students from Custer recently practiced trigonometry by mapping part of the world’s sixth-longest cave.

April 19, 2013
Wind Cave Celebrates National Park Week with Free Tours
Free tours of Wind Cave will be offered Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26, as part of National Park Week.

March 27, 2013
Brown-Bag Lunch Series Planned at Wind Cave National Park
A series of brown-bag lunch programs are being given this April at Wind Cave National Park.

March 15, 2013
Helicopters Used to Move Elk from Wind Cave National Park into Custer State Park
Nearly four hundred elk from Wind Cave National Park were recently moved into Custer State Park.

March 07, 2013
Wind Cave National Park Begins Reducing Visitor Services
The Elk Mountain Campground is closed at Wind Cave National Park as the park begins implementing a 5% across-the-board cut in its operating budget.

February 11, 2013
Satellites used by Wind Cave National Park to Track Elk
The movement patterns of 36 elk at Wind Cave National Park are now being monitored using GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking radio collars.

January 10, 2013
Wind Cave Offers Free Tours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Wind Cave National Park will offer free tours at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21.

December 20, 2012
Backcountry Hikes and Children Nature Programs Offered this Winter at Wind Cave National Park
Programs for exploring nature with children and discovering the park’s backcountry will be offered this winter and spring at Wind Cave National Park.

November 08, 2012
Use Caution When Driving Through Wind Cave National Park
Poor visibility and vehicle speeds too high for winter driving conditions can lead to accidents involving wildlife at Wind Cave National Park.

November 01, 2012
Wind Cave Offers Free Tours over Veterans Day Weekend
Wind Cave National Park will offer free tours over Veterans Day Weekend in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Force.

October 03, 2012
Friends Help Remove Fencing at Wind Cave National Park
Volunteers from the Friends of Wind Cave National Park recently helped park staff remove over 3,300 feet of barbed wire fence on National Public Lands Day.

September 21, 2012
Jewel and Wind Caves Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Free Cave Tours
On September 29, National Public Lands Day, Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park will host visitors and volunteers for a special day of service and celebration.

September 07, 2012
Archeology Survey Conducted at Wind Cave National Park
National Park Service archeologists recently completed a three-week investigation of the Sanson Buffalo Jump and surrounding area in Wind Cave National Park.

August 31, 2012
Wind Cave Offers Programs to Listen for Elk Bugling
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park will be leading programs this September to listen for the bugle of the Rocky Mountain elk.

August 31, 2012
Public Invited to Visit Archeology Dig at Wind Cave
The public is invited to visit an archeology dig in progress at the Sanson Buffalo Jump in Wind Cave National Park on Wednesday, September 5.

August 01, 2012
Mammoth Site Helped Protect Wind Cave’s Museum Objects
The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs served as temporary storage of some Wind Cave museum objects recently when the park was threatened by a wildfire.

July 21, 2012
Visitor Services at Wind Cave National Park Closed Due to Myrtle Fire
Visitor services at Wind Cave National Park remained closed Saturday due to the Myrtle Fire.

June 29, 2012
Fire Restrictions Put in Place at Wind Cave National Park
For the second time this year, Wind Cave National Park has implemented fire restrictions due to extreme fire conditions in the park.

June 29, 2012
Wind Cave Visitation Up 11 Percent for 2012
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park have seen an 11% increase in cave tour visitation over last year.

June 21, 2012
Sanson Ranch Celebration Day July 7th at Wind Cave
A chuck wagon dinner, with a visit from President Teddy Roosevelt, highlights a day of activities at Wind Cave National Park’s new land on Saturday, July 7th.

June 15, 2012
Wind Cave Rangers Offer Tours of Cave and Buffalo Jump this Summer
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park will be offering a variety of interpretive programs this summer.

May 08, 2012
Fire Restrictions Lifted at Wind Cave National Park
Fire restrictions in place since mid-March have been lifted at Wind Cave National Park.

May 04, 2012
Wind Cave National Park to Share Elk with Custer State Park
The superintendents of Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park announced today that the two parks will cooperate in management of elk that use the parks.

April 17, 2012
Jewel Cave and Wind Cave Celebrate National Park Week
Free tours and special activities are scheduled at Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park to celebrate this year’s National Park Week.

March 22, 2012
Thirty-Five Antlers Confiscated at Wind Cave National Park
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park have increased their backcountry patrols to combat the illegal poaching of elk antlers.

March 16, 2012
Wind Cave National Park Announced Fire Restrictions
Wind Cave National Park Superintendent Vidal Davila announced today that due to extreme fire conditions in the park, fire restrictions are in place under the authority of 36 CFR 2.13 (c). To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, the National Park Service is implementing the following restrictions:

March 15, 2012
Wind Cave Seeks Comments on Pine Beetle Assessment and Response Strategy
Wind Cave National Park is soliciting comments on its Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) Risk Assessment and Response Strategy. This strategy is designed to guide park managers as the current epidemic of beetles nears the park.

March 07, 2012
Planning Meetings for Wind Cave’s New Land March 13 - 15
Wind Cave National Park is hosting a series of meetings in mid-March to receive input on how the public would like to use the newly acquired 5,556 acres of land formerly owned by the Casey Family.

February 28, 2012
Wind Cave National Park Equals Visitors and Money and Jobs
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows the 104,000 visitors who toured Wind Cave in 2010 spent $17.6 million in the park and surrounding communities. This spending supported more than 300 area jobs.

February 28, 2012
Wind Cave National Park Uses Satellites to Track Elk
Thirty-five GPS (Global Positioning System) radio collars were recently placed on elk in Wind Cave National Park. This marks the second year of a three-year study to document the effects of a recently implemented elk management plan.

February 21, 2012
Wind Cave Begins Planning Process for Casey Addition
How visitors will use the newly acquired 5,556 acres of land formerly owned by the Casey Family is the focus of a planning process beginning in mid-March at Wind Cave National Park.

February 15, 2012
Groundwater Flow Study Completed at Wind Cave National Park
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Park Service recently completed a four-year study looking at the flow, quality, and mixing of the park’s groundwater.

February 03, 2012
Elk Poaching Investigation Continues as Reward Fund Established
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park continue to investigate Tuesday morning’s killing of two bull elk in the park.

February 02, 2012
Wind Cave Rangers Investigate Elk Poaching Incident
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park are investigating the killing of two elk in the park.

January 19, 2012
Wind Cave Seeks Comments on Plan for New Airlock
Wind Cave National Park is soliciting comments on a draft environmental assessment (EA) written to replace the existing revolving door at the cave’s Walk-In Entrance.

December 17, 2011
Children Nature Programs and Backcountry Hikes Offered this Winter at Wind Cave National Park
Programs for exploring nature with children and discovering the park’s backcountry will be offered this winter and spring at Wind Cave National Park.

 

 
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