PIERRE -- The state Game, Fish and Parks Department will have public meetings in Rapid City and Sioux Falls next week to discuss a plan to address the needs of fish and wildlife species in the state.
The first open house is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. mountain standard time Dec. 12 at the the GF&P Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City. The second open house is on Dec. 13 from 6 – 9 p.m. central standard time at the GF&P Outdoor Campus East in Sioux Falls.
GF&P staff will be available to take comments from the public and answer questions.
Each open house will begin with an explanation on the state's comprehensive South Dakota Wildlife Action Plan, which GF&P must produce in exchange for accepting certain federal funds.
South Dakota’s plan was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2006. GF&P is the lead agency in the plan and its required revision.
While much of the focus of the state plans is to avoid future endangered species listings, the plans also are designed to help maintain common species in the face of known and likely future challenges.
More information about the planning effort can be viewed at: http://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/management/plans/wildlife-action-plan.aspx