Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2013

Knox Co. takes stand against federal regulations

CENTER — Knox County Supervisors took a stand against a proposed Environmental Impact Statement and Land Protection Plan that has been drafted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

During the Aug. 29 Knox County Supervisor meeting, board members signed a resolution asking that “no action” be taken on the proposed alternative plan for managing wildlife, habitat, recreational access and protection of historic sites along the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota.

Board members selected the “no action alternative due to the negative affect on the ability to develop the area and on farming options.”

Supervisors Rayder Swanson and Virgil Miller had recently attended a meeting held for public review and comment on the Land Protection Plan.

“It would only allow for another layer of federal regulations,” Swanson said.

“They just want more control,” Miller added.

The public meeting that was held on the joint conservation effort for the Niobrara Confluence and Ponca Bluffs Conservation Areas drew a lot of attention.

“There were a large number of people at the meeting – some were from South Dakota. Most of the people were against it,” Swanson said.