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GFP News - May 17, 2016


Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation

Pierre, S.D. - South Dakota State Parks and Recreation Director Katie Ceroll announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Public outdoor recreation projects sponsored by city, county, township and tribal governments are eligible to receive the grant money.

"Outdoor recreation is important to a healthy community," Ceroll said. "The variety of recreational activities that local parks have to offer allows families to spend time together close to home."

The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for approved outdoor recreation projects.
"Grants will be awarded for development or renovation of public outdoor recreation facilities or the acquisition of park land," Ceroll said. "The grants will be a minimum of $10,000 and the maximum will be $75,000 in federal funds. There will be $435,000 available to award to projects."

Application packets are available online at The application deadline is August 26, 2016. 

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will work with successful grant applicants to assist in complying with new federal grant reporting and monitoring requirements and new state internal control and conflict of interest requirements.

LWCF funds are federal dollars that are apportioned to states by Congress to fund public outdoor recreation projects. For more information contact Grants Coordinator Randy Kittle at 605-773-5490 or email



South Dakota’s Revised Pheasant Management Plan Ready for Implementation

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently adopted a ring-necked pheasant management plan for 2016-2020. The plan will guide pheasant management over the next five years.

The new plan includes pheasant habitat best management practices, recommendations from the Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Work Group and strategies to increase public awareness on the management of pheasant habitat.

"The revised plan stresses habitat establishment and management and the critical role landowners serve with these conservation efforts," said Chad Switzer, wildlife program administrator. "Implementation of these conservation practices is not only important to pheasants and other wildlife species, but it also provides environmental benefits such as reducing soil erosion and improving water quality."

The revised management plan can be found online at:


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