DATES AT A GLANCE
Friday, May 18, 6:00 PM
Endangered Species Day Celebration, 2018
At SD Game, Fish and Parks’ Outdoor Campus West, Adventure Trail, Rapid City
“Meet & Greet” starts at 6:00 pm, introductions/announcements at 6:15 – 6:30 pm Presentations to start at 6:30 pm. Snacks will be provided
Endangered Species Day is a celebration of protecting our nation’s wildlife and wild places.
Started in 2006 by the US Congress, Endangered Species Day is the third Friday of May.
Topics and speakers include:
- Matt Schwarz – Environmental Contaminants Specialist from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pierre, SD, will give updates on SD’s federally listed species and also discuss drainage tiling effects on aquatic ecosystems and listed species.
- Dave Lucchesi – Fisheries Biologist from SD Game Fish and Parks, Sioux Falls, SD on “Recovering SD’s Threatened and Endangered Species”. He will give a review of SD’s Endangered Species Act, aquatic threatened and endangered species (both state and feder- ally listed) and the threats to them.
- Taylor Jones – Endangered Species Advocate, from WildEarth Guardians, Denver, will dis- cuss WildEarth Guardian’s Endangered Species Act petition to list the sturgeon chub and sicklefin chub as threatened or endangered.
Matt will speak in person, and Dave and Taylor will attend by Skype in a fully interactive way.
Endangered Species Day 2018 is sponsored by: Prairie Hills Audubon Society, Rapid City Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, Black Hills Chapter Dakota Rural Action, Clean Water Alliance, South Dakota Chapter of Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Western Watersheds Projects and the Norbeck Society.
For more information call Nancy Hilding at 605-787-6466 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, February 17 1:00 PM
Natural Resources Cracker Barrel at the Outdoor Campus West.
This is located on Sturgis Road just north of West Chicago Street in western Rapid City. Over 100 people attended this event last year, and it was an interesting afternoon. Clean Water Alliance is one of the 6 groups that is sponsoring this event.A cracker barrel is an opportunity for people to ask questions and talk directly to their state legislators. The Natural Resources Cracker Barrel will focus on natural resource issues broadly defined — water, mining, farming, forestry, etc. There will be a question-and-answer session, followed by a break when you can talk to individual legislators. There will then be a second question-and-answer session and, when people run out of natural resources questions, then other topics will be addressed.
You are invited to come talk with area legislators. And snacks will be served. Bring your questions! Bring your friends!
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM (MST)
The Pennington County Planning Commission:
The Pennington. County Planning Commission will be reviewing a mining ordinance that a committee has been working on. The “mining” ordinance does NOT include hard rock mining, like gold or uranium! If this ordinance is passed, a company could mine gold or uranium in Pennington County without having to get a County permit. We need people to show up and ask the Commission not to agree to the ordinance unless hard rock mining is included — or to set up a specific process to create an ordinance that covers hard rock mining. The meeting is at 9:00 am in the Commission Chambers at the County Administration Building on Kansas City Street in downtown Rapid City.
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM in Pierre, SD:
SD State Board of Minerals & Environment Meeting Notice
The South Dakota State Board of Minerals and Environment will be meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18 in Pierre with the company that wants to explore for gold near Pe’ Sla and Rochford in the central BlackHills. The company has asked to transfer its exploration permit from its international organization to its state organization (from Mineral Mountain Resources Ltd. to Mineral Mountain Resources (SD).) There will be a hearing, and there MAY be time for public comments. The permit change will be granted unless people can show that the company is and has violated laws. We need people to be there to push important issues. The meeting will be at 10:00 am Central Time at the Matthew Environmental Education and Training Center, 523 East Capitol Ave., Pierre.
Natural Resources Cracker Barrel
When – Saturday, February 17th
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Where – Outdoor Campus West, Rapid City
Who – Open to the Public. Legislators for Districts 27, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34
and 35 have been invited
What is a Cracker Barrel? – It’s a moderated question-and-answer session where the public can ask elected representatives questions about the Legislature. We will have a 25 minute break in between two question sessions. We will prioritize questions from the public about legislation that affects natural resources, interpreted very broadly. Sample topics include: outdoor recreation, environmental pollution, agriculture, energy development, land use, mining, transportation, zoning, wildlife, and waste disposal. Questions about other topics are welcomed after “natural resource” questions are exhausted. This is a free event.
Come join us and find out what’s happening in Pierre. The invited legislators are those who represent parts of Pennington, Fall River, Custer, Meade, Butte, Oglala Lakota, Bennett, Jackson and Haakon Counties
Download the Flyer for this event.
When: Sat., Oct. 7, 8:30 AM (set-up time)
What: Native American Day Parade
Where: Rapid City, SD.
We will start setting up at 8:30 AM in the Dacotah Bank parking lot on First Street between Main and St. Joseph Streets. Hope you can join us. It’ll be a great time.
When: Sat., Sept. 30, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (MST)
What: Open Workshop – RADIATION & HEALTH. Presentation by Cindy Folkers (Beyond Nuclear)
Where: Oglala Lakota College (Piya Wiconi) Head Start Conference Room, 3 Mile Rd, Kyle, SD 57752
When: Sat, July 8, 10am – 3pm
What: BHCWA will be one of many setting up educational and informative booths at the upcoming SD Game, Fish & Park’s OUTDOOR UNIVERSITY where attendees, of all ages, can try a variety of outdoor skills and learn how South Dakota’s natural resources are managed.
When: Sat. Sept. 9, 7pm – ?.
What: Bonnie Raitt Concert.
We are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win 2 concert tickets to see Bonnie Raitt along with other great prizes to win also. The lucky winner of the concert tickets will get the opportunity to meet Bonnie after her performance and take a photo with her. (no autograph requests, please).