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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 http://www.sdwildgrassland.org 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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