S.D. land owners have limited time to comment on proposed conservation area

Farm Forum

The Federal Government is proposing purchasing 140,000 acres of privately held property in South Dakota and Nebraska under the Land Protection Plan (LPP) for the Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Area. Citizens have until September 30, 2013 to voice their opinion about this threat to private property.

Concerned citizens may read about the Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Area, which impacts private property owners in south central and southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska, at http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=40350.

Opinions on this plan can be shared at: http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=52636.

In the September 22, 2013, Argus Leader, Scott VanderWal, president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau, stated, “We certainly respect the right of individual landowners to do what they wish with their land. It’s something people might want to look at.”