Cedar Pass Development Concept Plan
Environmental Assessment for Cedar Pass Development Concept Plan
Available for Public Review
The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to review and comment on the proposed redevelopment of the Cedar Pass area, located in the north unit of Badlands National Park (the park). The park's 2006 general management plan for the north unit zones the Cedar Pass area for development and identifies it as the principal area for visitor contact and park administration. The 215-acre project area includes the Ben Reifel Visitor Center; park administrative buildings; park employee housing; the Cedar Pass Lodge and associated outbuildings and cabins; the operational support area; a maintenance area; and the park amphitheater and campground. This development concept plan fulfills a park planning priority for resource preservation, facility asset management, and visitor use management at Badlands National Park and serves as a component of the park's planning portfolio.
The park has prepared and is making available for public review a development concept plan / environmental assessment to evaluate effects of the project, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The EA evaluates three action alternatives for future development and examines potential impacts on stormwater and floodplains, visitor experience and safety, cultural landscapes, historic structures, and paleontological resources.
NPS will hold three open house public meetings as follows:
• Tuesday October 23, 2018, at Rapid City Outdoor Classroom, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, SD.
• Wednesday October 24, 2018, at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, 25216 Ben Reifel Road, Interior, SD.
• Thursday October 25, 2018, at Small Wall Community Room, 501 Main Street, Wall, SD.
All meetings will be held between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., with a short presentation between 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
In accordance with NEPA and NHPA, NPS is announcing a 30-day public review period to solicit public comments on the development concept plan / environmental assessment. During this comment period, the public is invited to identify any issues or concerns they might have with the alternatives and analysis so that NPS can appropriately consider them before selecting an alternative. The document will be available for public review with comments accepted through November 2, 2018.
Christine Czazasty, Chief of Interpretation & Education, 605-433-5240