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Regional Advisory panel

Charter and Guidelines


The South Dakota Wildlife Division Regional Advisory Panels (Northeastern, Southeastern, Central and Western) exist to assist in developing ideas and solutions to address the challenges and opportunities the wildlife division faces.


  • Provide an additional link between the wildlife division, the commission and our customers
  • Identify challenges and opportunities
  • Develop ideas and potential solutions
  • Promote awareness and understanding of management and resource challenges

Scope of Authority

Service on a Regional Advisory Panel is voluntary and serves as a discussion group for ideas and has no rule making or rule enforcement authority. 

Organizational Structure / Membership

Panels consist of diverse stakeholders selected by the regional staff and supervisors and approved by the Wildlife Division Director and Assistant Directors. Panel members are invited to serve for a three year period. The size of each Regional Advisory Panel normally ranges from 7 to 9.

Meeting Guidelines and Communications

  • Since the purpose of the Regional Advisory Panel is to provide an understanding of wildlife issues from different perspectives, voting will not used to “settle” issues or form a group consensus, although methods to prioritize lists of issues are appropriate.
  • Meeting times and locations are public and meetings are open for the public to observe. It is appropriate that a short time period be set aside for interested citizens to provide input to the panel.
  • Panel members are free to discuss and communicate to others about issues discussed at the meetings, although again it is expected that members be respectful of other members’ views towards various issues.

Travel Expenditures

Travel expenses (motel, meals and mileage) for attending the scheduled Regional Advisory Panel meetings will be provided according to State reimbursement rules.


Panel Member Roles and Responsibilities

  • Panel members should make a commitment to attend scheduled meetings.
  • Members are expected to offer their thoughts and ideas, communicate with others in a respectful manner, and maintain an open mind regarding the views of others.
  • Members serve as a sounding board and provide feedback to GFP.

GFP Roles and Responsibilities

  • Regional Supervisors or a person designated by the Regional Supervisor will facilitate each meeting.
    • Meeting facilitators are responsible for keeping order, achieving the meeting agenda, and providing a safe, comfortable atmosphere for group members to share diverse ideas and opinions.
    • An agenda is developed by GFP with input from the panel members.
  • Meeting arrangements, including all necessary communication related to the meeting.
  • GFP staff is expected to listen attentively and respectively to all viewpoints.
  • Meetings notes will be typed, summarized and made public.