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The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation was chartered by five private citizens in 1985 to support wildlife enhancement and park development activities for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Ten additional members were appointed by the Governor to fill out the balance of the Board membership. Replacements for Board members are nominated and appointed by the Board for three-year terms.

The Foundation has ongoing responsibilities to manage its assets, including the land and conservation easements it retains. Other aspects of Foundation work involve planning and fundraising for projects that conserve or improve the State's natural resources. Some examples of past projects and activities include:

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, McCook Lake

Adams Homestead and Nature AreaThe Foundation facilitated donation of 1500 acres of land along the Missouri River from two individuals to the Department and Foundation. The land was donated to interpret life during the homestead years and to provide wildlife habitat. The area features twelve miles of biking and walking trails, wildlife habitat areas, renovated historic buildings, a visitor/interpretive center and environmental education annex.

Mickelson Trail, Black Hills
Mickelson Trail

This 114-mile Rails to Trails project spans the Black Hills from Deadwood to Edgemont and it one of the top ten bike trails in the world. It includes a three-mile extension from Custer to Custer State Park. The Foundation raised money for creation of the Trail and continues to financially assist in its maintenance.

Sioux Falls Outdoor Campus
Ourdoor campus, Sioux Falls

The Foundation raised funds to build the Campus and, more recently, to provide several new, interactive exhibits. The facility is visited by 100,000 people each year for outdoor education and recreation.

Rapid City Outdoor Campus

Nearly $1,500,000 in donations and in-kind gifts were raised by the Foundation and its group of volunteers for this exceptional outdoor education and recreation facilities. The Campus offers scores of outdoor classes for all ages and is already being visited by 100,000 people a year.

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