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Applause for a good management decision

February 11, 2010

Today I had the good fortune to spend a  good junk of time in Kyle, SD, down on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  A beautiful drive through Badlands country, south into the rolling grasslands in the central part of the reservation. 

I went down to meet with Trudy Ecoffey, Chief Wildlife Biologist for the Oglala Sioux Parks & Recreation Authority, about trying to engage some of our members in OSPRA’s swift fox natal den monitoring this spring.  Happily it looks very doable.

As is usual, the time flew by over numerous cups of coffee while talking about swift fox, mountain lions, wilderness areas, and prairie dogs.  What really dropped the dime for me this visit was when Trudy told me that the Oglala Sioux Tribe has passed a resolution banning use of the poison Rozol within the exterior boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Contrary to the State of South Dakota, the Oglala don’t want the poison on their ground or in their wildlife and they’re being aggressive in enforcing the ban.  The use of Rozol runs contrary to some very important cultural values.

This news called for another cup of coffee and made the drive back home even sweeter.  God, that’s wonderful country down there.

— Margadant

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