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Contact: Chris Wilkinson, 605-433-5552 ext. 1241
Cactus Flat, South Dakota - Minuteman Missile National Historic Site will begin community engagement to solicit public feedback on the park's proposed amenity fee for Ranger-guided tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility and underground Launch Control Center. If approved by the Director of the National Park Service, the fee for guided tours would be implemented in calendar 2015.
"Stakeholders have often asked why there are no fees for the Ranger-guided tours", said Site Superintendent Duane Bubac. Under Public Law, in order for units of the National Park Service to collect fees a park must first solicit public feedback from local communities. "The proposed fee income will be utilized for direct visitor benefits and preservation needs at the Launch Control Facility and Launch Control Center" added Bubac.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site staff will be conducting meetings with partner groups, local business owners, other stakeholders, and interested citizens in 2014. This will be in addition to public meetings that will be held at the Wall CommunityCenter, 501 Main Street, Wall, South Dakota on Wednesday, June 18 at 5 pm, and at The Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, SD on Thursday,June 19 at 5 pm to discuss the fee structure and compelling reasons for the proposed guided tour fee. If anyone wishes to make comments on the proposed fee plan, please access the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and PublicComment system at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Proposed Amenity Fee or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is headquartered on the north side of exit 131, Interstate 90 where the Visitor Center is located. The park was established by Congress in 1999 to tell the story of the Minuteman ICBM system, including the development of the system, the personnel who served at the 1,000 sites throughout the upper Great Plains, and the impact of the system on the communities nearby. Administration of Launch Control Facility Delta-01 and Launch Facility (Missile Silo) Delta-09 was transferred from the United States Air Force in September 2002 to the National Park Service.
More information about the site can be found on the internet at www.nps.gov/mimi or by phone at: 605-433-5552 ext. 1237. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinutemanMissileNHS and Twitter at https://twitter.com/mimi_ranger
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