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South Dakota Habitat Conservation Foundation Elects Officers





PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Habitat Conservation Foundation recently announced the election of officers for its board of directors for 2018. 

Christine Hamilton of Kimball will serve as president, Jan Nicolay of Sioux Falls will serve as vice president and Steve Halverson of Pierre will serve as secretary/treasurer for the organization.

“I’m honored by the opportunity to serve South Dakota in this capacity, and I’m looking forward to working with fellow board members to support projects that establish new habitat and promote the benefits of conservation practices.  Land stewardship is so important now, and critical for future generations,” stated Hamilton. 

Other members continuing their service on the board include: Jeff Scherschligt and Scott Lawrence of Sioux Falls; Doug Balvin of Huron; Tony Bour and Larry Ness of Yankton; Tim Kessler of Aberdeen; Les Lindskov of Isabel; DeLon Mork and Terry Schultz of Madison; Dick Muth and Jack Theeler of Mitchell. GFP Department Secretary Kelly Hepler and GFP Commissioner Barry Jensen of White River serve as ex officio members of the Board. 

In 2017, grants in the amount of $611,000 were distributed for 12 projects that improved wildlife habitat and provided incentives for additional hunting opportunities on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in South Dakota. More information is available online at http://habitat.sd.gov/resources/habitatconservationfund.aspx.

The Foundation also recently received its nonprofit determination from the Internal Revenue Service, so it can now accept tax deductible donations directly. The Foundation will continue to work with the South Dakota Community Foundation to raise and manage endowed funds held by the Community Foundation for wildlife habitat and water quality improvement projects in South Dakota.

About the South Dakota Habitat Conservation Foundation:  The South Dakota Habitat Conservation Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides funding for wildlife habitat and water quality projects. This foundation manages an endowed fund established at the South Dakota Community Foundation stemming from one of the eight recommendations of the Governor’s 2013 Habitat Summit, and it also receives tax deductible donations directly that are not endowed. Periodically, it will provide grants from both non-endowed contributions and earnings from endowed contributions at the South Dakota Community Foundation for projects conducted in South Dakota. In the coming year, the foundation will undergo a strategic planning process to identify future project priorities.

For more information, please visit http://habitat.sd.gov/resources/habitatconservationfund.aspx  or call 605.773.4503.

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