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Help Us Preserve Badlands National Park for Generations to Come
Most National Parks look to Friends Groups like the Badlands National Park Conservancy to help raise critical funds in support of capital outlay projects, resource protection and the enhancement of recreational / educational opportunities throughout the park.
Badlands National Park Conservancy is an official partner of Badlands National Park.
Friends Groups and National Parks
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Badlands National Park Conservancy (BNPC) was established in 2018 as a Friends Group supporting Badlands National Park and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. The BNPC board, composed of individuals with a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences, is dedicated to the wellbeing of their organization and the parks, and has been successful in all fundraising and advocacy campaigns.
Why the BNPC?
Photo by Bill Schreier
BNPC worked in conjunction with Badlands National Park, U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Park Foundation, to celebrate the opening of a newly fenced bison range in 2019 east of Pinnacles Overlook.
The Nature Conservancy initiated a multi-year land exchange involving four additional partners (Northern Prairies Land Trust, National Park Service, US Forest Service and rancher Don Kelly). The land exchange removed a 680 acre private inholding within the Park boundary that blocked the bison from moving to the eastern portion of the Park.
The land exchange opened up 22,000 acres of the Park for bison migration and grazing. This additional 22,000 acres increased the bison range to more than 80,000 acres within the park, allowing the Park herd to grow in number. Major Accomplishments
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The existing visitor center has served its purpose well over the years but with visitation dramatically increasing over the past 10 years, the current VC can no longer fully accommodate visitors to provide the best possible park experience. The current VC does not allow the appropriate space to adequately educate visitors to the significance of the Badlands cultural and natural resources, dark sky viewing opportunities, paleontology uniqueness, and tribal cooperation. Because of these factors, the BNP has identified the need for a new Visitor Center to be a top priority.
There has been a total of $4 million dollars in funding secured for this project so far with fundraising efforts still underway. The BNPC has raised $100,000 for this cause and continues to actively work to bring in additional funding. Major Accomplishments
New Visitor Center