July 13, 2017
Peaks to Plains Design presented a summary of the data, analysis and public input portions of the stewardship planning process, completed prior to the project pause, to the GFP Commission. Peaks to Plains Design also submitted the final Little Spearfish Canyon & Bismarck Lake Inventory Report, documenting the inventory and public input portions of the project completed prior to the project pause.
April 10, 2017
Planning Efforts for Little Spearfish Canyon and Bismarck Lake Areas to Pause
To date, the planning effort the for the Little Spearfish Canyon and Bismarck Lake areas has included gathering public feedback through the website, written comments, the Little Spearfish Canyon public meeting, Focus Group meetings and two Volunteer Advisory Committee meetings. A stakeholder meeting was also held with Bismarck Lake permittees. A range of inventory and analysis has also been completed in Little Spearfish Canyon, with minimal inventory work started at Bismarck Lake.
After careful consideration, Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has decided to pause the planning efforts for the Little Spearfish Canyon and Bismarck Lake areas not currently owned or managed by GFP. GFP’s goal continues to be the preservation of the areas in Little Spearfish Canyon and the area surrounding Bismarck Lake. Taking a pause, at this time, will give GFP, stakeholders, partners and the general public the opportunity to take a step back and re-evaluate these areas and their future.
GFP staff will continue their ongoing planning and preservation efforts for the areas they currently own and manage, including Roughlock Falls, Spearfish Falls and the Savoy Fishing Pond. More specifically, enhancements will continue this spring to the Spearfish Falls Trailhead, with an anticipated fall trail dedication. Fish and Wildlife Division staff will also continue their ongoing research projects and management efforts in the region, including several ongoing projects related to the brown trout in Spearfish Creek and the funding of a two-year project to survey and monitor the state-threatened American Dipper.
Peaks to Plains Design, the stewardship planning consultant, will close out the inventory and analysis phase of the project for the Spearfish and Little Spearfish Canyon portions of the project. They will also tabulate the information gathered from the public through project website comments, the Spearfish Canyon public meeting and the Focus Group sessions. This information will be included in the inventory and analysis report and will be valuable for both GFP and our partners in guiding the future for these areas. The scope of the stewardship planning contract will be modified and when Peaks to Plains has completed the items in the modified scope, their contract with GFP will be closed.
No additional public meetings, for either the Little Spearfish Canyon or Bismarck Lake portions of the project, have been scheduled and will be postponed indefinitely.
Please direct any questions or comments to 605.773.3391 or StateParkMasterPlan@state.sd.us
January 26, 2017
- Entrance fees are no longer being considered for the proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced at his weekly legislative press conference.
January 25, 2017
- A 20 member Volunteer Advisory Committee has been selected from over 40 applications.
- Agenda posted for Public Input Meeting #1.
January 23, 2017
- Reminder press release sent on the first public input session on the Spearfish Canyon Master Planning efforts is Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. MST.
January 20, 2017
January 19, 2017
No matter the rumors you’ve heard, or the assumptions that have been made, we can all agree that special places like Spearfish Canyon and Bismarck Lake need to be protected.
Plain and simple, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks would like to be the caretakers of these wonderful places. That’s why Gov. Daugaard proposed creating Spearfish Canyon State Park and including Bismarck Lake as part of Custer State Park.
We believe we are the best organization to preserve and protect the future of these areas. We have the experience, we care for the environment, and we work with and for the people. Balancing use and providing responsible stewardship is what drives our vision for these sites.
More on this editorial article published in the Rapid City Journal can be found here.
January 12, 2017
- Reminder to interested citizens and organizations about the deadline for application to serve on the Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC), as part of the proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park master planning efforts. The deadline is Jan. 18, 2017, at noon MST.
January 11, 2017
- Video :: Proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park
- Handout :: Proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park
- Handout :: Bismarck Lake Inclusion into Custer State Park
January 9, 2017
- Timeline added to the Master Plan page.
- Online Volunteer Advisory Committee application available - Applications Due Jan. 18, 2017, at Noon MST.
January 4, 2017
- Peaks to Plains Design, PC contract signed regarding the master planning efforts.
- Public input process announced.
- First public input meeting scheduled for January 26, 2017 at 7 p.m. MST.
- In order to not compete with the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation's Annual Meeting, including Guest Speaker Scott Stern, commissioner for the Governor's Office of Economic Development, the meeting time was moved to 7:00 p.m., so Spearfish residents may attend both meetings. The date and location remain the same.
December 21, 2016
- The website launched. As the Spearfish Canyon State Park and Bismarck Lake master planning process moves forward, this will be your home for updates on the process.
December 1, 2016
- In the process of hiring a consultant to guide the master planning process. Once on board, the consultant team will hit the ground, completing in-depth inventories of the project areas and gathering all existing project data.
- Next up will be the stakeholder meetings and public input sessions.
- After the data gathering and first public input sessions are complete, the consultant will start developing concepts for GFP and public input.