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Forestry, Division of, 1953 - 1983


Scope and Contents

From the Record Group:

This record group consists of records created and/or maintained by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks between 1857 and 2013 and includes administrative records such as annual reports, audits, budgets, property inventories, and correspondence; Game, Fish and Parks Commission meeting minutes and audio recordings; abstracts of title, deeds, and technical reconnaissance reports for lands purchased by the department; agriculture and grazing lease agreements; forest inventory records for Western South Dakota; forest fire incident reports; forest insect and disease control files; game studies and surveys; photographs and audiovisual materials used by the Division of Parks and Recreation in brochures, presentations, and other promotional activities; Youth Conservation Corps and Young Adult Conservation Corps grant program records; subject and conservation project files; and maps of state parks and other recreational areas. Earlier records created prior to 1945 were created by predecessor agencies such as the Department of Game and Fish and subsequently maintained by the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks.


  • 1953 - 1983

Administrative History

The Division of Forestry was responsible for the management of timber on state lands; the protection of state and private forest lands from fire, insects, and disease; and assisting counties in cooperative rural fire protection. The division also provided technical forestry assistance to private landowners, produced and distributed tree planting stock for conservation purposes, and provided technical and promotional assistance in the marketing and utilization of forest products. In 1984, the functions performed by the Division of Forestry were transferred to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (Session Laws of 1984, Chapter 276, Sections 1-7).


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Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English

Related Materials

For additional state government records pertaining to forest management and conservation in South Dakota after 1984, see the following record group: Department of Agriculture (AG).

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

900 Governors Dr
Pierre South Dakota 57501 USA
605-773-6041 (Fax)