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Environment and Natural Resources, Dept. of

 Record Group
Identifier: DENR

Scope and Contents

This record group contains records created and maintained by the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, Records include: correspondence, reports, mining permits, meeting minutes, financial records, lake studies and records from the Board of Minerals and Environment.


  • 1937 - 2018
  • Majority of material found within 1983 - 2013

Administrative History

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was officially created in 1991 by Executive Reorganization Order 91-4 and took over all committees and responsibilities of the Department of Water and Natural Resources (DWNR). In 1995, Executive Order 95-2 called for a number of changes to the Board of Minerals and Environment including complying with Federal Clean Air Act and additional requirements for members of the board.

In March 2021, Governor Noem issued an executive order that combined the DENR with the Department of Agriculture. The newly created Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources assumed all the duties and functions of its predecessors.


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Related Materials

For earlier records see the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the Department of Water and Natural Resources (DWNR).

Guide to the Records of the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources
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Sara Casper, Government Records Archivist and Hannah Marshall, Processing Archivist
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Preparation of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
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1st Edition

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

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