Wind Cave to Host Open House for Draft Ferret Management Plan
Contact: Tom Farrell, 605-745-4600
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. – Wind Cave National Park will host an informal open house to discuss the park’s Draft Black-footed Ferret Management Plan and Environmental Assessment on Tuesday, November 28. Park staff will be available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center to provide information and receive written comments.
Comments are being solicited on a draft environmental assessment (EA) and plan to reintroduce and manage a black-footed ferret population within the park. The draft plan proposes to reintroduce approximately 20 to 25 black-footed ferrets annually for the next three to five years under a “nonessential experimental” designation or similar mechanism. The comment period runs through December 22.
For more information, and for an on-line copy of the EA, visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/wica. Comments can be submitted via that website or they can be mailed to Superintendent; Wind Cave National Park; 26611 U.S. Highway 385; Hot Springs, SD 57747-9430. Printed copies of the EA are available for review at the Custer, Hot Springs, and Rapid City libraries and at the park visitor center.
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.