NEW CHADRON CREEK RANCH WMA
OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
Chadron, Neb . - The recently purchased Chadron Creek Ranch Wildlife
Management Area, 11 miles south of Chadron in the Pine Ridge, is open for
public use, according to Gary Schlichtemeier, district wildlife manager at
the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions district office in Alliance.
"The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved purchase of the new WMA
at their May meeting," Schlichtemeier said, "and weve recently completed
our initial boundary marking and access to a parking lot. Grants from the
Nebraska Environmental Trust and federal Wildlife Restoration Program
funds will pay for the $1.85 million purchase."
"Chadron Creek Ranch WMA is located in the Pine Ridge escarpment in Dawes
County," he added. "The 2,449-acre area is characterized by the
interspersion of ponderosa pine, mixed prairie, deciduous canyons,
woodlands, and moderately rough topography. The tract is approximately two
miles south of Chadron State Park and a good portion of the area borders
U. S. Forest Service property. To maintain the native flora and fauna of
the tract, the area will be managed as a "natural area" - this ecosystem
approach to management will be the guiding principle."
"Wildlife management areas are open to the public for hunting, trapping,
and other outdoor recreational uses unless otherwise posted,"
Schlichtemeier added. "While the boundary fences are marked and a basic
parking area is available, we will be completing additional work in the
future. We wanted to have the area open to the public by the beginning of
the 2003 Nebraska archery deer season on September 15."
Schlichtemeier added that fire danger throughout the Panhandle is very
"The taller stands of dried vegetation make it critical that everyone
works to prevent the outbreak of wildfire. Avoid parking vehicles where
the dried grasses can come in contact with the vehicles exhaust system and
catalytic converters and be extremely careful with other fire hazards."
For additional information on the new Chadron Creek Ranch WMA, contact the
district office of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, East Highway 2,
Box 725 Alliance, NE 69301, (308) 763-2940.
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