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?
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.