The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has announced a plan to sell six tracts of land in the eastern part of the state as part of an evaluation of wildlife production areas.
Staff discussed the plan at the June CFP commission meeting and revealed specific features and the basis of the decision.
“The CFP Commission and Secretary Robling have encouraged us to thoroughly examine all of our properties to see if they still provide the public with the originally intended wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation,” said Paul Coughlin, GFP Habitat Supervisor.
“Our staff rated various properties based on ease of public access and use, habitat management options, access to public waters, location to other public land and waters, wildlife use, surrounding landscape, size of the Property and any property restrictions associated with the property. A list of potential disposals has been drawn up, consisting of the lowest-ranking tracts. “
The first properties identified for disposal are:
West Lake Poinsett GPA
- tomorrow: 40 hectares
- place: 4 miles southeast of Lake North in Hamlin County
South Buffalo Lake East GPA
- tomorrow: 60 hectares
- place: 12 km east of Eden in Marshall County
Mondry part of the Pickerel Lake GPA
- tomorrow: 9 hectares
- place: 10 miles east of Grenville in Day County
Mallard Slough GPA
- tomorrow: +/- 80 hectares
- place: 14 miles northeast of Huron in Beadle County
North Sanborn GPA
- tomorrow: +/- 51
- place: 15 km northeast of Woonsocket in Sanborn County
Schartner Graben GPA
- tomorrow: +/- 15
- place: 11 km northwest of Marion in Turner County
Coughlin stated that the funds from land sales will be used to purchase other properties that better meet the needs of the CFP and the needs of our constituents.
“We strive to offer leisure opportunities efficiently and effectively on the areas managed by GFP,” said Coughlin. “The disposal of these GPAs will improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the agency by replacing these plots with properties that better meet the CFP requirements.”
Coughlin also said the sale process can begin immediately, with the specific timeline for completing the sale of each property undefined due to factors related to the sale process such as public entry options, property valuations, and public auction planning.