Two Additional Public Meetings Regarding Conservation Efforts Added

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service to Host Two Additional Public Meetings Regarding Conservation Efforts with Willing Landowners along the Missouri River in Northeast Nebraska and Southeast South Dakota

Public Scoping Comments Regarding This Conservation Effort Will Be Accepted Until
March 16, 2012



In response to requests for increased public participation for the proposed Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Areas, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Park Service (NPS) scheduled two additional public scoping meetings to gather public input. These two lunch-time meetings will be held Wednesday, February 22, in Wagner, South Dakota and Thursday, February 23, in Yankton, South Dakota. Both lunchtime meetings are scheduled to start at noon. There will be a short presentation with time for questions afterwards.

Individual or group representatives may visit the project website (https://parkplanning.nps.gov/niob-ponca) to learn more or to provide comments. The FWS and NPS will gather public input as part of public scoping until March 16, 2012. All comments received before March 16th will be considered by the NPS and FWS during development of a Land Protection Plan. There will be another opportunity to comment on the draft Land Protection Plan in the fall of 2012.

Public meetings regarding the proposal will begin with an open house at the times listed below where individuals can meet one-on-one with the FWS and NPS staff; followed by a short presentation with time for additional discussion afterwards.

The meetings will be at the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

The Outdoor Campus
4500 S. Oxbow Ave.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Noon to 1:00 p.m.

City Council
Room 60 South Main Ave.
Wagner, South Dakota

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Yankton County Government Center
321 West 3rd Street
Yankton, South Dakota

Thursday, February 23, 2012
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

W.H. Over Museum
1110 Ratingen Street
Vermillion, South Dakota

Friday, February 24, 2012
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

WFLA Hall
Spruce and Park Avenues
Niobrara, Nebraska

Information will broadcast via local radio stations in the event of a cancellation or postponement. For more information or to provide comments, contact:

Nick Kaczor, Planning Team Leader
Division of Refuge Planning
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 25486, DFC
Denver, Colorado 80225
303- 236-4387

Steve Mietz, Superintendent
National Park Service
Missouri National Recreational River
508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, South Dakota 57078
605-665-0209

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