South Unit Bison Reintroduction Management Plan/EA
In 2006, the National Park Service (NPS) began developing a plan (General Management Plan, or GMP) for management of natural and cultural resources, and visitor experience in the South Unit of Badlands National Park. One of the decisions in the 2012 GMP is the reintroduction of bison to the South Unit. Bison reintroduction is also a provision of the 1976 Memorandum of Agreement, which was a factor in the decision to include species reintroduction in the GMP Preferred Alternative. The National Park Service, Oglala Sioux Tribe, and Bureau of Indian Affairs, propose to conduct a South Unit Bison Reintroduction/ Management/ Environmental Assessment (EA), a requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act, which includes a public scoping period near the beginning stages to inform the public of the plan and to collect suggestions on the plan.
To comment on the plan, or learn more, see National Park Service PEPC Planning, Environment & Public Comment