Wind Cave National Park Enacts New Fire Management Plan
December 21, 2005
Tom Farrell, 605-745-4600
A new fire management plan is now in effect at Wind Cave National Park. The plan and accompanying environmental assessment (EA) were written to update current policies to include an integrated fire management program. Regional Director Ernest Quintana recently signed the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signaling the end of the planning process.
Superintendent Linda L. Stoll said, “An integrated fire management program will allow us to use a variety of methods, including prescribed fires and mechanical thinning, to reduce the threat caused by hazardous fuel accumulation.”
A thirty-day public comment period on the draft plan, including an informational open house, was held earlier this fall. For more information, or for an on-line copy of the FONSI and EA, visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/wica. Printed copies are available at the Custer, Hot Springs, and Rapid City libraries and at the park visitor center.
Did You Know?
Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.