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GFP News - July 25, 2016

Recreational Trails Receive Funding

Pierre, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to several cities, state parks and the Black Hills National Forest totaling approximately $985,000. The five-person citizen RTP Advisory Council reviewed the applications and made the recommendations to Gov. Daugaard. The federal assistance program provides up to 80 percent reimbursement for trail-related development and maintenance projects.

The following cities were awarded grants for trail construction and upgrades:

  • Aberdeen - Northwest Trail Resurfacing, Phase 2, $68,000
  • Belle Fourche - River Walk and Bike Path Repair, $60,000
  • Claremont - Recreational Walking Path, $9,750
  • Hurley - Lake Hurley Recreational Trail, $112,000
  • Mobridge - Riverfront Trail Improvements, $16,800

    Additional grants were awarded for trail improvement projects at the following locations: Big Sioux Recreation Area Trail, George S. Mickelson Trail, Black Hills Snowmobile Trail System, Spearfish Falls Trail, the Black Hills National Forest for motorized trail repairs, Black Hills RC&D for Trail Ethics Education and Eagle Cliff Ski Association for trail signs.

    "I am pleased to have the opportunity to award these grants to project sponsors around the state who have demonstrated a commitment to improving our communities, parks and recreation areas," said Gov. Daugaard. "Their efforts will be a benefit to South Dakota’s future generations."

    The Recreational Trails Program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered in South Dakota by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from non-highway recreational fuel use.

    For more information on this program, contact Randy Kittle, grants coordinator, at 605.773.5490 or by e-mail at:


    Finish July with Fun Outdoor Activities

    Pierre, S.D. - Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is offering a variety of activities for beginners and outdoor enthusiasts alike this weekend. Celebrate Christmas in July, take a hike or “Step Outside” for a day of outdoor fun.
    July 29

    July 30

    See the events calendar online for more information,



    Archery training in south Dakota Schools continues to Grow

    Pierre, S.D.- The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) sponsored by Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) currently has 281 schools trained in the program with around 20,000 students participating each year. GFP hosts an eight hour safety and proficiency training for educators free of cost.

    Upon completion of the training, educators are eligible to receive free archery equipment to conduct the program in their school. Schools with trained instructors can send students to state NASP tournaments. Six hundred students registered this past year.

    "Studies have shown that 70 percent of participants in NASP are shooting a bow and arrow for the first time," said Patrick Klotzbach, NASP coordinator for South Dakota. "GFP is excited that these students are getting a safe introduction to the shooting sports."

    "The kids in NASP are learning a life skill," said Klotzbach. "We hope that these young people enjoy archery for years to come."

    NASP is created upon the foundation to promote outdoor learning and conservation as well as motor ability and observation skills in achieving state and national education standards.

    Archery training for grades 4-12 has been in place in South Dakota schools since 2007.

    For more information on NASP trainings or to register for training, contact or call 605.220.2130.

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