May 28, 2004
Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
Superintendent Linda L. Stoll announced today that Wind Cave National Park is soliciting public comments of an environmental assessment (EA) prepared to construct a new fire cache. This 700 square-foot building will be used to store firefighting equipment and provide limited office space for the park’s fire suppression crew. The EA’s comment period runs until July 2.
Chief Ranger Rick Mossman said, “Current space for park fire equipment allows little more than simple storage. This new structure would not only provide workspace for the fire suppression crew, but it would also house the cache and serve as administrative workspace for park wildfire operations.”
Planning for this EA began last November with a notice requesting public input regarding alternatives or issues related to the proposal. The park is considering two alternatives: a no action alternative that calls for the cache to remain in its same location and an alternative to build an approximately 20 by 30 foot building, similar in size to a two-car garage, adjacent to the current cache.
Superintendent Stoll invites the public to attend an informal open house at the Wind Cave VIP Center on Thursday, June 17, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to discuss the plan with park staff and to comment on the alternatives. For directions to the VIP Center, stop at the Visitor Center or call the park at 605-745-4600.
If you wish to comment on the environmental assessment, mail comments to Superintendent; Wind Cave National Park; RR 1, Box 190; Hot Springs, SD 57747-9430 or email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Names and addresses of people who comment become part of the public record. If you wish your name and or address withheld, state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. All submissions from organizations, businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
Copies of the environmental assessment can be found on-line at www.nps.gov/wica/Park_Documents.htm. In addition, printed copies are available for review at the Custer, Hot Springs, and Rapid City libraries and at the Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center.