Sen. Thune has been an active supporter of South Dakota’s national treasures, including Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave National Park, and the Badlands National Park, and has successfully fought the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for three years to keep the doors of the DC Booth Fish Hatchery open.
Highlights of Sen. Thune’s Commitment to South Dakota’s National Parks and DC Booth Fish Hatchery:
- Sen. Thune has Been at the Forefront of the Battle With FWS to Keep the DC Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery and Archives From Being Closed:
- In 2014 and 2015, Sen. Thune fought to prohibit the FWS from closing the fish hatchery and moving the archives to West Virginia.
- Led a delegation letter to FWS requesting a cost-benefit analysis for moving the DC Booth Archives to West Virginia.
- On behalf of DC Booth, Sen. Thune personally urged the secretary of Interior to keep the facility open.
- Mickelson Trail Connector to Mount Rushmore:
- Sen. Thune has sent two letters to the National Park Service and Forest Service requesting expedited approval to connect the Mount Rushmore to the Mickelson Trail.