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Game, Fish, and Parks, Department of

 Record Group
Identifier: GFP

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • 1857 - 2014

Administrative History

The office of the State Game Warden was created in 1909. Appointed by the Governor for a term of two years, the State Game Warden was responsible for enforcing the state's game laws and for promoting the propagation and preservation of "such varieties of game and fish as he shall deem of public value" (Session Laws of 1909, Chapter 240, Sections 1-3). In 1913, a State Game and Fish Commission, composed of the Governor, Attorney General, and the State Game Warden, was created to supervise the activities of the State Game Warden and his deputies (Session Laws of 1913, Chapter 223, Sections 1-3). In 1925, the Division of Game and Fish in the newly created Department of Agriculture assumed the duties previously performed by the Game and Fish Commission and the State Game Warden (Session Laws of 1925, Chapter 115). A new Game and Fish Commission headed by a director was created in 1927 to replace the Division of Game and Fish in the Department of Agriculture (Session Laws of 1927, Special Session, Chapter 14, Sections 1-12). In 1945, through an act of the South Dakota State Legislature, the South Dakota Park Board and the Game and Fish Commission were abolished and replaced by the newly created Department of Game, Fish and Parks (Session Laws of 1945, Chapter 91). In February 1978, through an act of the South Dakota State Legislature (H.B. 1121), the name of the department was changed to the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Forestry (Session Laws of 1978, Chapter 290, Sections 1-2). In January of the following year, through an Executive Order (Executive Reorganization Order #1 of 1979), the name of the department was changed back to the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks (Session Laws of 1979, Chapter 351, Section 35).

The purpose of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks is to perpetuate, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance South Dakota's wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of the state and its visitors.

Extent

75.95 Cubic Feet

Title
Guide to the Records of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks
Status
In Process
Author
Sara Casper, Government Records Archivist, and Brandon Pieczko, Processing Archivist
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Preparation of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Edition statement
1st Edition

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

Contact:
900 Governors Dr
Pierre South Dakota 57501 USA
605-773-3804
605-773-6041 (Fax)