2005 News Releases

December 21, 2005
Wind Cave National Park Enacts New Fire Management Plan
A new fire management plan is now in effect at Wind Cave National Park.

December 01, 2005
Holiday Events at Park Include Open House and Annual Christmas Bird Count
Holiday celebrations at Wind Cave National Park commence this year with the park’s Christmas bird count on Sunday, December 11, followed by the annual holiday open house on Wednesday, December 14.
October 26, 2005
Park Burns Twelve-Hundred Acres
Firefighters from around the region assisted Wind Cave National Park in conducting a 1,200-acre prescribed burn.
October 24, 2005
Park to Replace Cave Lighting System
Over five miles of cable and six-hundred light fixtures are scheduled for replacement in Wind Cave with the completion of an environmental assessment (EA) written to modernize the cave lighting system.
October 21, 2005
Park Helps with Bison Restoration Efforts
Bison from Wind Cave National Park will serve as the founders for two herds being established by national conservation groups.
October 06, 2005
Park Begins Spraying for Exotic Plants
As a result of the recently completed Northern Great Plains Exotic Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment, staff at Wind Cave National Park have begun using herbicides to control Canada thistle.

September 30, 2005
Park Hosts Open House to Discuss Fire Management Plan
Park staff will host an informal open house on Thursday, October 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the park visitor center to discuss the park’s Fire Management Plan.

September 22, 2005
Prescribed Fire Planned For Rankin Ridge
Depending on weather and fuel conditions, fire officials at Wind Cave National Park plan to conduct a 1,231-acre prescribed burn this fall.
September 08, 2005
Free Tours September 24 in Honor of National Public Lands Day
In recognition of National Public Lands Day, all cave tours and programs at Wind Cave National Park will be free to the public on Saturday, September 24.

September 01, 2005
Elk Bugling Programs Begin
The annual elk bugling season is in progress at Wind Cave National Park. This high-pitched whistle heralds the arrival of fall and the mating season of the Rocky Mountain elk.

September 01, 2005
Environmental Assessment to Update Fire Management Plan Available for Public Review
Wind Cave National Park is soliciting comments on an environmental assessment (EA) written to update the park’s fire management plan.
August 11, 2005
Meetings Set for Elk Management Plan
A series of meetings will be held across the state marking the beginning of a multi-year planning process to establish how many elk should utilize Wind Cave National Park and the means that will be used to maintain that population level.
August 04, 2005
Chip and Seal Project to Begin on U.S. Highway 385
A project to maintain six miles of U.S. Highway 385 running through Wind Cave National Park is scheduled to begin Tuesday, August 16.

August 04, 2005
Elk Management Plan Set to Begin
A planning process to determine how many elk should utilize Wind Cave National Park, and the means to control that population, is about to begin with a series of public meetings across the state.

June 13, 2005
Rare Plant Discovered in Park
A botanist working on contract for the U.S. Forest Service has discovered a rare form of Moonwort Fern, Botrychium campestre, in Wind Cave National Park.
June 08, 2005
Summer Ranger Programs Begin
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park have started offering thirty cave tours a day, a daily hike, and an evening campfire program as the park gears up for the summer season.

May 27, 2005
Four Animals Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease This Year
Testing for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) over the winter at Wind Cave National Park revealed three deer and one elk with the fatal disease.


May 20, 2005
Star of IMAX Film to Speak at Park
Dr. Hazel Barton, featured in the IMAX movie “Journey Into Amazing Caves”, will introduce a presentation of the 2001 film, shown here in regular format, and follow-up with a short program after the movie.

May 13, 2005
Environmental Assessment to Replace Cave Lighting System Available for Public Review
Superintendent Linda L. Stoll announced today that Wind Cave National Park is soliciting public comments of an environmental assessment (EA) prepared for a project to replace the cave lighting system in Wind Cave. The lighting is used to display cave features and light approximately one mile of developed cave trails. The EA’s comment period runs until July 1.

May 06, 2005
Comments Sought for Exotic Plant Management Plan
The National Park Service is seeking comments for an Exotic Plant Management Plan / Environmental Assessment (EPMP/EA) to control exotic (non-native) plants at 13 parks located in the Northern Great Plains area.

April 19, 2005
Park Hosts Cave Rescue Training
Staff from Wind and Jewel Caves recently participated in a two-day cave rescue training session.
April 06, 2005
Comments Sought on Replacing Campground Water System

Wind Cave National Park is initiating the planning process to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to replace the deteriorating water system serving the Elk Mountain Campground and nearby picnic area.
March 14, 2005
Visitors Reminded to Leave Elk Antlers
With the approach of spring and the time of year that elk shed their antlers, park visitors are reminded that these items are protected by law and should be left where they are found.
January 28, 2005
Three-Year Elk Study Begins
Conducted in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, the study calls for the attachment of collars containing Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to 32 cow elk and 22 yearling bull elk.

January 20, 2005
Public Meetings Set for Park’s Prairie Dog Management Plan
Wind Cave National Park will be hosting two public meetings as part of the planning process for developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to manage the park’s black-tailed prairie dog population.

January 14, 2005
Exploration Pushes Wind Cave to 5th Longest in the World

Wind Cave moved up to the fifth-longest cave in the world after explorers mapped 2,715 feet of passages on Saturday, January 8. The official length of the cave is now 114 miles long.
January 12, 2005
Park Seeks Comments to Begin Prairie Dog Management Plan
Wind Cave National Park is initiating the planning process to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for managing the black-tailed prairie dog population found within the park.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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