Wilderness Always

24 Jun

A friend showed me this beautifully wild idea today that I hope you’ll support (thanks Chas). It’s a plan to designate three areas of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland as the nation’s first Grassland Wilderness. According to the site, here’s what you can do in a Wilderness:

Allowed in Wilderness Areas

  • Hunting and fishing
  • Hiking, backpacking, camping
  • Horseback riding
  • Birdwatching
  • Rock collecting for personal use
  • Livestock grazing and access, where already established
  • Mining on pre-existing patented claims
  • Rafting, canoeing, and kayaking
  • Outfitting and guiding
  • Wheelchairs (including certain motorized wheelchairs)
  • Control of wildfires, insects, and disease outbreaks
  • Access to private inholdings

Prohibited in Wilderness Areas

  • Road building
  • Logging
  • Oil and gas drilling
  • New mining claims
  • New reservoirs, power lines and pipelines
  • Motorized or mechanized vehicles like ATVs and mountain bikes

So, if you’re a South Dakotan, or if you’d like to visit the grasslands of South Dakota, please visit to learn about the plan, and then click on Get Involved for info on contacting our congress men and woman to show your support.

Sounds like a great spot for my next wilderness solo… 🙂

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Posted by on June 24, 2009 in Raves


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