Buffalo Gap National Grassland Clears Critical Hurdle Toward Protection

Jun 16, 2010

U.S. Senate Hearing Gives Boost to Wilderness legislation

WASHINGTON – The Wilderness Society today applauded the hearing of the Tony Dean Cheyenne River Valley Conservation Act in the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests. The Wilderness Society supports the legislation that would designate the first Wilderness Areas in our National Grasslands. Through the efforts of local partners -- such as the South Dakota Wild Grassland Coalition, ranchers, hunters, and South Dakotans from all walks of life -- The Wilderness Society hopes to see this legislation enacted this Congress to permanently protect the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands.

Introduced by Senator Tim Johnson, the legislation would protect 50,000 acres as Wilderness, including Indian Creek, Red Shirt and Chalk Hills -- both key wild areas in the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands.

“Protecting Buffalo Gap National Grassland will establish a lasting legacy for future generations of South Dakotans and all Americans,” said Bart Koehler Senior Wilderness Campaigns Director at The Wilderness Society. “Local compatriots have come together to build a bedrock grassroots approach to protect this treasured area so that grazing, hunting and other activities can continue.”

The Wilderness Society looks forward to working with local and federal governmental officials and the South Dakota Wild Grassland Coalition to enact the Buffalo Gap National Grassland this Congress.