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National park expands; now what?

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Wind Cave National Park recently grew by more than 5, 500 acres. Now it's time to plan what to do with the addition.  The addition was arranged by The Conservation Fund, a non-profit dedicated to protecting important places across America, when they acquired the ranch land at auction from the Casey family.

The addition is to the park's southeastern edge and includes a 1,000-year-old buffalo jump. Native Americans hunted buffalo on this land over a thousand years ago. In addition there are Native American teepee rings and other cultural sites.

Officials have begun planning how the public will access the acreage, and they would like public input.  They are also seeking advice on what type of visitor activities should take place and if and where a visitor facilities should be constructed.  The first meeting will be in Custer on Tuesday, March 13th at the Pine Room in the Custer County Courthouse.  The public is encouraged to attend and help determine the scope of the environmental issues and alternatives to be addressed in the plan.

If you have comments and ideas for the project and are unable to attend the meetings, please mail them to the park superintendent at Wind Cave National Park, 26611 U.S. Highway 385, Hot Springs, SD 57747 or CLICK HERE to leave your comments online.

About the Author

Madison is a South Dakota native. She grew up outside of Rapid City with the Black Hills literally outside her back door. She attended the University of South Dakota, spent time abroad in Southeastern France. After graduating with her a BFA in graphic design she returned home to the Black Hills where she spends her time hiking, golfing, snowboarding, camping and just enjoying the beautify that she feels so lucky to have right outside her door.

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