Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

United States Department of the Interior

FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Mountain-Prairie Region
P.O. Box 25486, DFC
Denver, Colorado 80225
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Missouri National Recreational River
508 E. 2nd Street
Yankton, South Dakota 57078

For Immediate Release
Date: April 10, 2013

Leith Edgar (303) 236-4588
Nick Kaczor (303) 236-4387
Steve Mietz (605) 665-0209

Both Public Meetings for the Proposed Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Areas Postponed to Next Week

With the unexpected intensity and duration of the current winter storm, the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service will be postponing both public meetings for the proposed Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Areas until next week.  It is our intent to be able to inform the public of this plan while making sure travel is safe for everyone. 

The new meeting schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m
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Vermillion Public Library
18 Church Street
Vermillion, South Dakota

Thursday, April 18, 2013 
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Lutheran Fellowship Hall
2532 Apple Street (Just south of Moody Motors)
Niobrara, Nebraska 

Individual or group representatives may visit the project website (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/niob-ponca) to learn more or to provide comments. The Service and NPS will gather public input as part of public comment period until June 14, 2013. All comments received before June 14th will be considered by the agencies during completion of the final environmental impact statement.

Public meetings regarding the draft plan will begin with an informational presentation followed by an open house where individuals can meet one-on-one with the Service and NPS staff for additional discussion. Information will continue to be broadcast via local radio stations in the event of a cancellation or further postponement. For more information or to provide comments, contact:

Nick Kaczor, Planning Team Leader
Division of Refuge Planning
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 25486, DFC
Denver, Colorado 80225
303- 236-4387

Steve Mietz, Superintendent
National Park Service
Missouri National Recreational River
508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, South Dakota 57078
605-665-0209