South Unit Bison Reintroduction Management Plan / EA
Thank you for your interest in the Badlands South Unit Bison Reintroduction Plan and Environmental Assessment.
The South Unit consists of approximately 133,300 acres of land located entirely within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
In June 2012, after six years of public meetings on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in Rapid City, Denver, Colorado, and Washington, DC., a new General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for the South Unit was finalized with the signing of the Record of Decision by National Park Service Regional Director Michael Reynolds and Oglala Sioux Tribe President John Steele.
Now that the 2012 GMP is in effect, a variety of development and management issues in the South Unit can be addressed, including reintroduction of bison.
Any proposal to place bison on these lands must follow all applicable federal laws and regulations, including environmental and federal land use planning requirements prior to implementation. Therefore, before any reintroduction can take place, there must be an Environmental Analysis (EA) of the potential impacts, beneficial and adverse, of taking that action.
Consultation and coordination with the public and the tribe are vitally important throughout the planning process. Public scoping involves two methods of public input: participation in public meetings and filing of comments on any documents that are made public. In the first phase of the EA process, we will be asking you to help us develop preliminary alternatives for how bison reintroduction to the South Unit may be managed.
As public meetings and workshops are scheduled, meeting information and locations will be posted under the "Meeting Notices" tab to the left of this screen. Please check this website periodically for updates on the study, public meeting announcements, and to view documents that are open for public review and comment. There will be multiple opportunities throughout the process for the public to provide comments and input on this project.
Your input is important for the success of this project. We encourage you to take part in the public process and we look forward to hearing from you.
National Park Service Midwest Region
Badlands National Park