Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
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South Dakota GFP Honors Regional Habitat Partners

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department
has selected four people for recognition as Regional Habitat
Partners of the Year.

The award recognizes landowners who have established and
enhanced habitat for wildlife and fish in South Dakota. The four
regional awards went to: Marty Vanderploeg, Martin, in the West
region; Gordon Heber, Sioux Falls, in the Central region; Ron
Pesek, Yankton, in the Southeast region; and Steve Horning,
Watertown, in the Northeast region.

“These individuals are perfect examples of the partnership our
agency relies on with the many private landowners in our state to
provide quality habitat for survival of wildlife and fish,” said
Tom Kirschenmann, Chief of Terrestrial Services for GFP. “Because
of the initiative taken by these individuals, the future for South
Dakota’s wildlife remains bright in all corners of the state.”

Private landowners across the state are nominated by GFP staff,
based on use of available state and federal programs to improve
habitat on their land, create innovative habitat efforts, and
leadership in promoting habitat development and partnerships.

One of the four regional winners will be honored at the March
Game, Fish and Parks Commission meeting in Pierre as the 2011 South
Dakota Habitat Partner of the Year.

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