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S.Dak’s Wild Lands a 'Must-See' for Tourists Vacationing Closer to Home

May 23, 2008

Custer, SD – Summer is just beginning to heat up, but record gas prices already have scorched South Dakota wallets. That makes vacationing closer to home a more appealing option for some - and local advocates of South Dakota's wilderness have just the spot.

Cheryl Warren, with the South Dakota Wild Grassland Coalition, hopes to steer vacationers to the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands in the southwestern part of the state. It isn't just an arid prairie, she explains, but a kaleidoscope of attractive landscapes and things to do.

"There are grasslands, river breaks, badlands, and amazing rocks just laying around everywhere. It's also the largest roadless area left in the Great Plains. So, you really can forget the world out there and imagine what it was like to the people who first saw land that just stretched before them with no signs of civilization. That's a delicious feeling."

The coalition is hopeful Congress will eventually approve four designated areas for wilderness protection within the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, Warren adds.

"We already have lots of attractions - Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse - but what we don't have yet is a federally recognized wilderness. There is no national grasslands wilderness in the entire United States. If we were to designate a small portion of wilderness out in the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, that would be a very unique gem to add to the existing cluster of attractions."

The four areas being considered for wilderness protection are Indian Creek, Cheyenne River, First Black Canyon and Red Shirt. The South Dakota Wild Grassland Coalition is a bipartisan group of ranchers, sportsmen and conservationists, working to preserve the prairie grasslands.

David Law/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - SD