Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Badlands Conservation Alliance: In Celebration of the Killdeer Mountains

In Celebration of the Killdeer Mountains
Badlands Conservation Alliance: A Voice for Wild North Dakota Places

Join BCA in celebrating the Killdeer Mountain Alliance and the special place for which they speak. Meet landowners, tribal members, archeologists and historians who know this landscape intimately. Discover and rediscover a North Dakota landmark, learn its stories, see firsthand the impacts of oil and gas development, and help mold its future.

Hear enrolled member of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota Goodhouse narrate the significance of the Killdeers, and particularly the 1864 conflict between Lakota and Dakota people and the US Army under Brigadier General Sully. Discussion will include the 17,340-acre study area outlined in 1993 and the NPS study of June 2010. Currently 1 acre of the site is managed by the State Historical Society of ND.

We will visit the state school land section with the controversial “Jepson well” that prompted the KMA into action, and take a quick peek at wells on the Mountain’s shoulder to learn about their siting and see ongoing erosion.

Lunch time will be at ND’s Killdeer Mountain Wildlife Management Area, considered the “gem” of the system. Despite new roads, new wells, and new pipelines it is still a place of remarkable beauty. We will discuss ongoing mitigation strategies and the power of negotiation & advocacy. Plan plenty of time for exploration of this 7,050-acre treasure.

We’ll top off the day with a hike to Medicine Hole as afternoon light turns to evening. With luck we may see the bats come out for their evening scavenge. Medicine Hole is the perfect place for an overview of our day’s experience.

When: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 9 AM MT/10 AM CT.
Where: Meet at Killdeer’s city park on the corner of Central AVE SE and 1st ST SW to partner up before heading to the Mountain.
Bring: Whatever gear will keep you happy… but for sure sturdy footwear, sack lunch, plenty of snacks and water, protection from sun and insects. Camera? Binocs? Field guides?

RSVP to bcajan@bis.midco.net or call with questions at 701-255-4958.