|Thursday, Aug 11, 2005|
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.
These workshops will include brief presentations on the history of elk within the park, past management efforts, and the current planning process. Facilitators will be on hand to encourage and record comments from participants. Park and other agency specialists will be available to answer technical questions.
Workshops will be conducted from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., local time, with presentations at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. nightly. Workshop locations and dates are:
Sioux Falls, Monday, August 22, at the SD Game, Fish and Parks Regional Headquarters on South Oxbow Avenue;
Pierre, Tuesday, August 23, at the Best Western Ramkota on West Sioux Avenue;
Rapid City, Wednesday, August 24, at the Best Western Ramkota on LaCrosse Street;
Hot Springs, Thursday, August 25, at the Mueller Center on South 6th Street;
Custer, Friday, August 26, at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant on Highway 385 and 16.
Public comments are being sought on the purpose, need, and objectives of the plan; additional environmental issues to be analyzed; and alternatives to be considered.
Written comments can also be sent to Superintendent, Attn: Elk Management Plan, Wind Cave National Park, 26611 US Highway 385, Hot Springs, SD 57747, or faxed to 605/745-4207. Comments can also be sent via e-mail from the elk management plan link found at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/wica. Comments are most useful if received by September 9, 2005. Individuals may request that their name and/or address be withheld from the record, which National Park Service will honor to the extent allowable by law.
Photo Caption: Elk Management at Wind Cave will be the Focus Upcoming Meetings Photo Credit: Ron Fry