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A 211-page resources management plan calls for more prescribed burns in Custer State Park.
A 211-page resources management plan calls for more prescribed burns in Custer State Park.
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks photo
January 25, 2016

Custer State Park Plan Calls For More Fire, Older Buffalo

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department released a 211-page resources management plan for Custer State Park governing management practices from 2010-2025 on Jan. 12, 2016, with 30 days for public comment, reports KOTA-TV and a GF&P news release

The plan addresses forestry, rangeland, fire, wildlife and bison management. It calls for increasing prescribed burns from 1,500 acres per year to 3,700 acres per year. It also calls for keeping older bison cows in the park's herd, since the older cows play a leadership role in matriarchal buffalo society. Cows had been sold once they reached 10 years old. 

Find the complete plan online and attached to this post as a .pdf document. 

Comments can be submitted to GF&P through Feb. 12 by emailing [email protected] or writing to: 

Custer State Park Resource Plan

13329 US Hwy 16A

Custer, SD 57730 


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