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GFP News: CO of the Year | Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation

September 16, 2019
National Wild Turkey Federation Honors GFP Conservation Officer
Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation

National Wild Turkey Federation Honors GFP Conservation Officer

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has named Conservation Officer Matt Talbert as its 2019 Wildlife Officer of the Year.
Officer Talbert has served as a Wildlife Conservation Officer for 11 years with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP). 
Stationed in Salem, Officer Talbert serves as a Wildlife Training Officer and is one of two officers in South Dakota to complete the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boat accident training. 
“Matt is an officer who truly cares about being the best he can possibly be,” said regional conservation officer supervisor Jeremy Roe. “He is absolutely committed to GFP and focuses his energy on being available at all times.”
Officer Talbert will be honored at the NWTF State Convention in January 2020. In addition, the State Chapter will forward his name for consideration of the national honor, which will be awarded at the NWTF’s national convention in February 2020.
“The State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is grateful to wildlife conservation officers across South Dakota who continue to do an outstanding job,” said Mike McKernan, president of the State Chapter. “We have had and continue to have a great relationship with the Game, Fish and Parks Department. The NWTF has a high priority to conserve the wild turkey and connect youth and physically challenged men and women to outdoor activities and our hunting heritage. Matt Talbert is a credit to these goals. We are pleased to honor Matt and know he will do a great job in representing South Dakota at our National Convention next February.”
This is the 19th year the award has been presented by the South Dakota State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota State Parks and Recreation Director, Scott Simpson 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,” Simpson 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. We will consider grant requests for public outdoor recreation projects seeking at least $10,000 in grant assistance,” Simpson said.
The application deadline is November 8, 2019. 
LWCF funds are federal dollars that are apportioned to states by Congress to fund public outdoor recreation projects.
Application packets are available on the Game, Fish and Parks website. For more information contact Grants Coordinator Randy Kittle at 605.773.5490 or by email at randy.kittle@state.sd.us.

 

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