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FS planning Research Natural Areas and Botanical Areas...

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:50 pm
by Weasel
http://listen.sdpb.org/post/plan-protec ... s#stream/0
Federal officials are proposing a layer of protection that would prevent quarry or mining operations in areas that have been designated for scientific research or that have a concentration of rare plants. Chelsea Monks is a botanist with the Black Hills National Forest. She says a few of the areas proposed for protection include Englewood Springs and Beaver Gulch in the Northern Hills and Dugout Gulch in Wyoming.

“We’ve actually got a pretty cool assemblage of rare species including several species of orchids, among those are the lesser yellow lady slipper which is one of my personal favorites. But, the neat thing about these areas is not just the species that are there but the assemblage of species that are there. Meaning, there are species that are co-occurring that don’t normally occur together. So, that’s one of the values that we designated these areas to preserve,” says Monks.

Monks says the Forest Service is now gathering public comments on their proposal to set aside these areas. She says the total area proposed for protection is about 17-thousand acres, that’s about one percent of the Black Hills.

Two meetings are planned to provide an opportunity for the public to offer comments on the proposal.

• Tuesday, October 27th at 6 p.m. in Rapid City at the Mystic Ranger District Office located at 8221 South Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57702.

• Wednesday, October 28th at 6 p.m. in Sundance, WY at the Wyoming Extension Service Community Room located in the Crook County Courthouse basement at 309 Cleveland St. Sundance, WY 82729.

The public can e-mail comments on the proposed plan to: comments-rocky-mountain-black-hills@fs.fed.us or send comments via traditional mail to 1019 N 5th St. Custer, SD 57730, BLM Montana State Director, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101

Re: FS planning Research Natural Areas and Botanical Areas..

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:51 pm
by twfuller
I think we need to have at least some representation at this meeting. The tree huggers will be there in force and we need to know what is being proposed.

Re: FS planning Research Natural Areas and Botanical Areas..

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:48 pm
by axleater
oddly enough it is one hour before our board meeting, perhaps we should bump up the board meeting to 6pm and go to this and then have the meeting after at the arby's

Re: FS planning Research Natural Areas and Botanical Areas..

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:39 pm
by sicbronconut
Sounds like a plan to me.

FS planning Research Natural Areas and Botanical Areas...

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:33 pm
by Weasel
I'm for that. I'd like to know why they need a study area when they have all our trails blocked off due to these stupid plants.

Re: FS planning Research Natural Areas and Botanical Areas..

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:53 am
by axleater
of course, the greatest plans of mice and men sometimes do not work out. gotta meet with a client at 6 pm tonight so i won't be able to make either meeting.......

Re: FS planning Research Natural Areas and Botanical Areas..

Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:58 am
by axleater
ok, did this actually happen?

FS planning Research Natural Areas and Botanical Areas...

Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:46 pm
by Weasel
yeah, wasn't much of anything really. Doesn't effect our usage,etc. In a nut shell they are looking to restrict large scale mining in certain areas of the hills.