Public Meetings Set for Park's Prairie Dog Management Plan
January 20, 2005
Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
Wind Cave National Park will be hosting two public meetings as part of the planning process for developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to manage the park’s black-tailed prairie dog population.
These facilitated meetings will be held to determine the scope of the environmental issues and alternatives to be addressed in the plan and to receive input from interested individuals and organizations.
Meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Rapid City at the Quality Inn on LaCrosse Street and on the following night, Wednesday, February 2, in Custer at the Bavarian Inn Motel from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees should plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire meeting if possible.
This plan will help determine population numbers for the park’s prairie dog colonies, monitoring methods, and potential control mechanisms should they be needed.
Comments on the plan can also be addressed to the park at Wind Cave National Park Superintendent, RR 1 Box 190, Hot Springs, SD 57747 or sent via e-mail by visiting the website http://parkplanning.nps.gov and following the links for Wind Cave National Park.
Did You Know?
Wind Cave is the first cave in the world to be designated as a national park. That occurred on January 9, 1903.