Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region




United States Department of the Interior


FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE                                                 NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

             Mountain-Prairie Region                                                        Missouri National Recreational River

               P.O. Box 25486, DFC                                                                           508 E. 2nd Street

             Denver, Colorado 80225                                                             Yankton, South Dakota 57078


For Immediate Release   

Date: February 16, 2012

Nick Kaczor (303) 236-4387

Steve Mietz (605) 665-0209


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service to Host Two Additional Public Meetings for the Land Protection Plan for Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs

Public Scoping Comments Accepted Through March 16, 2012


Sunrise on the Missouri River: Credit: National Park Service
Sundown on the Missour River River
Photo Credit: National Park Service

In response to requests for increased public participation regarding the proposed Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Areas, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Park Service (NPS) have scheduled two additional scoping meetings to gather public input. 

The two lunch-time meetings will be held Wednesday, February 22 in Wagner, South Dakota and Thursday, February 23 in Yankton, South Dakota.  Both meetings start at noon, beginning with a brief presentation followed by questions and answers. 

Comments may be submitted through March 16, 2012, for consideration by the NPS and FWS during development of the Land Protection Plan.  There will be another opportunity to comment on the draft Land Protection Plan in the fall of 2012.

For more information or to submit comments, visit the project website ( 

The other previously scheduled public meetings regarding the proposal will begin with an open house as follows:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
The Outdoor Campus
4500 S. Oxbow Ave.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
City Council Room
60 South Main Ave.
Wagner, South Dakota

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Yankton County Government Center
321 West 3rd Street
Yankton, South Dakota

Thursday, February 23, 2012
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
W.H. Over Museum
1110 Ratingen Street
Vermillion, South Dakota

Friday, February 24, 2012
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Spruce and Park Avenues
Niobrara, Nebraska

Information will broadcast via local radio stations in the event of a cancellation or postponement.  To receive additional information or to ask questions, 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