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Don’t Miss Your Chance at Winning the Perfect Camping Set

South Dakota Department of Agriculture News Release


For Immediate Release:  June 24, 2019

Media Contact: Maggie Stensaas, 605.773.4073



Don’t Miss Your Chance at Winning the Perfect Camping Set


PIERRE, S.D. – Don’t miss out on a chance to win the “Perfect Camping Set” from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. In order to be entered, one must take the pledge to not move untreated firewood on the SDDA’s website before June 30, 2019, at midnight CT. The winner will receive “The Perfect Camping Set,” including a tent, sleeping bags and outdoor cooking equipment.


Trees play an important role in our communities, as well as on our farms and ranches. However, non-native insects and diseases are killing these important parts of our ecosystems and causing millions of dollars of damage to communities and forests across the nation. These insects and diseases can’t move far on their own, but when people move firewood they can jump hundreds of miles.


In May of 2018, emerald ash borer, a destructive exotic beetle, was discovered in Sioux Falls. Now more than ever, it is imperative that South Dakotans buy or collect firewood where they plan to burn it or buy certified heat-treated firewood.


Protect South Dakota’s natural resources by taking the pledge to not move untreated firewood at https://sdda.sd.gov/Firewood/Pledge.aspx.


For more information on emerald ash borer in South Dakota, go to http://emeraldashborerinsouthdakota.sd.gov/.


Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.