NIOBRARA, Neb. — Public comments will be sought Thursday on a draft plan for two large conservation areas along the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska and South Dakota.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service have developed a draft environmental impact statement and land protection plan for the two areas.
One area of focus, called the Niobrara Confluence, is on the Missouri River from Fort Randall Dam to the Running Water Bridge and upstream on the Niobrara River to Spencer Dam. The other area, called the Ponca Bluffs, is centered on the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam to Sioux City, Iowa.
Thursday’s meeting will feature an informational presentation followed by an open house during which individuals can meet with Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service staff. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lutheran Fellowship Hall in Niobrara.
Public comment on the draft will be gathered until June 14. — World-Herald News Service