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GFP News - May 7, 2014

SD Wildlife Action Draft Plan Revision Available for Review

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks invites individuals to review and comment on the South Dakota Wildlife Action Draft Plan Revision (2014).

South Dakota's draft plan revision provides a habitat-based framework to help prevent future endangered species listings and keep common species common. Some fish and wildlife species that are not game species may have special habitat or restoration needs. The draft plan also includes descriptions and identified needs for species of conservation concern as well as challenges and actions that relate to fish and wildlife species and habitats.

The draft plan is available at

Comments must be received by June 6, 2014, and can be submitted via email to

About the South Dakota Wildlife Action Plan: A state plan is required in return for State Wildlife Grant funds which provide a federal match to state wildlife agencies to focus on the needs of species that may be rare or unstudied. The first version was prepared in 2005 to provide for the needs of all fish and wildlife species across South Dakota and to bring together voluntary partnerships among agencies, tribes, organizations and citizens to benefit wildlife and their habitats.

Free Entrance, Free Fishing Mark S.D. State Parks' Open House Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. -- To kick off summer, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is encouraging families to spend the weekend outside during the Parks' Open House Weekend and Free Fishing Weekend May 16-18.

During the annual three-day event, anglers can fish without a license anywhere in the state, and entrance fees are waived for all visitors to South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas. Camping fees still apply. Fishing regulations and limits apply.

Open House Weekend coincides with National Kids to Parks Day and special events are planned for parks across the state in an effort to get kids outside to discover the history, nature and adventure right around the corner or just across town.

Attend one of these events to be held on Saturday, May 17.

Custer State Park will also be hosting a number of family activities both Saturday and Sunday, including cookouts, nature hikes, free hayrack rides, a fishing derby, nature programs and demonstrations. A full schedule of events can be found at

Camping reservations at South Dakota State Parks can be made 24 hours a day. Make reservations online at or by calling 1-800-710-2267.

South Dakota State Parks offer a wide variety of outdoor fun, including camping, picnicking and boating. Many parks also offer trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

For information on fishing, fishing license and fishing regulations or the South Dakota State Park system, visit the GFP website at


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