Parks and Wildlife

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently announced the election of officers for its board of directors for 2018. The foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) supporting organization for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Karen Gundersen Olson of Rapid City will serve as president, Sarah Larson of Sioux Falls will serve as vice president and Tom Krafka of Rapid City will serve as secretary/treasurer for the organization.

Other members continuing their service on the board include: Kevin Nyberg, Kathryn Anderson, Dale Jahr, Jeff Stingley and Jeff Scherschligt, all of Sioux Falls; Spencer Hawley of Brookings; Dick Behl of Scotland; Jim Spies of Watertown; and Jack Lynass and William May of Rapid City. GFP Department Secretary Kelly Hepler and GFP Commissioner Gary Jensen of Rapid City serve as ex officio members of the board.

Board president Karen Gunderson Olson announced the recent election of Rapid City residents Pay Wyss and Bob Paulson to the board.

"Those of us who serve on the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation are honored to support our cultural and natural resources through partnerships that build, protect and enhance South Dakota," said Gundersen Olson. "We, like all South Dakotans, know that South Dakota’s outdoor places are precious and must be cared for and protected for future generations."

For the past few years, the foundation has focused primarily on raising public and private funds to support GFP in its efforts to establish and develop Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls, the construction of a new visitor center at Custer State Park and renovation of the historic Peter Norbeck Visitor Center at Custer State Park. This past year, the foundation also assisted in the installation of a new playground at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve near North Sioux City.

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In 2018, the foundation will continue to raise funds for the recent renovations to the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center at Custer State Park and plans to raise funds for improvements at GFP’s Outdoor Campuses in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

Anyone seeking to support foundation projects or learn more about the Parks and Wildlife Foundation can call 605.773.4503 or visit parkswildlifefoundation.org.

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