South Dakota Wilderness Campaigns

South Dakota has 274,437 acres of BLM lands and 2,014,005 acres of National Forests. The last wilderness designated in South Dakota was in 1980, Black Elk.


Cheyenne River Valley

This legislation will protect nearly 50,000 acres of wilderness on the Buffalo Gap National Grassland.

This bill would designate the first grassland wilderness in the country. The areas contain a vast array of landforms and unique plant life and provide spectacular wilderness recreation opportunities including, hunting, horseback riding, hiking and camping.

This legislation is named in memory of Tony Dean, a longtime South Dakotan and advocate for hunting and protecting South Dakota's open spaces.

A hearing was held in the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests on June 16, 2010.

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