posted on May 31, 2006 00:00
East River Producers Reminded of Ditch Mowing Restrictions
PIERRE S.D. - With the recent abundance of pheasants in the state, it would be easy to think one little ditch wouldn't make much of a difference as far as a pheasant population goes. What is easy to overlook is that road ditches are some of the best nesting cover to be had in many areas.
With that in mind, producers are reminded that Department of Transportation rules state that state highway road ditches are to remain unmowed until July 10th east of the Missouri River and Lyman, Gregory and Tripp county ditches can be mowed after June 15.
"Pheasant populations rely on the miles of roadside ditches found throughout the state," said Tony Leif, Game Manager for the Wildlife Division of Game Fish and Parks. "We realize the inconvenience it may pose on some farmers and ranchers, but holding off on mowing until after these dates will pay off come October."
Producers west of the Missouri, excluding Lyman, Gregory and Tripp, will continue to have no mowing restrictions.
For more information of pheasant hunting and other outdoor activities, visit www.sdgfp.info.
Enjoy Free Family Activities June 10 in the SD State Parks
PIERRE, S.D. - On June 10, visitors to six South Dakota state parks will have the chance to take part in special family activities. These free activities are a great way to spend a summer day.
Make plans to attend the following events:
* "Coffe Club Heart Walk" Walk in the Park, 8:30 a.m. at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre. This two-mile walk is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, socialize and take part in some heart-healthy exercise. Coffee will be available following the walk courtesy of the Oahe Downstream Marina and Resort. Participants should meet at the marina parking lot. Info: (605) 223-7722.
* "A Lakeview Stroll" Walk in the Park, 10 a.m. at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area near Canistota. Enjoy a morning walk along the shoreline of Lake Vermillion and learn about the history, flowers, plants and animals of the area. Info: (605) 296-3643
* Luce Pioneer Day, 10 a.m. at Lake Herman State Park near Madison. Celebrate the pioneer spirit with a day of demonstrations, living history, music and crafts. This year's theme is "Childhood Memories" and will feature pioneer cooking Dutch oven, rope making, weaving, spinning, wheat grinding, trapping, gold panning, butter churning and making pioneer toys. Food, vendor booths and musical entertainment will also be available. Info: (605) 256-5003.
* Kids' Fishing Derby, 10 a.m. at Lake Thompson Recreation Area near Lake Preston. Young anglers ages 4 to 15 are invited to try their luck on Lake Thompson. Several prizes will be awarded, including biggest fish, most fish, smallest fish and more. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, though bait and a limited number of fishing poles will be available for use. Info: (605) 847-4893
* "Lost and Found" Walk in the Park, 11 a.m. at Lake Louise Recreation Area near Miller. Discover the plants, animals and history of the area on this leisurely nature walk. Info: (605) 853-2533
* Creating Your own Craft Day, 1 p.m. at Farm Island Recreation Area near Pierre. Come be creative and try your hand at making your own craft to take home. There will also be lots of other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Info: (605) 773-2885
There is no cost to participate in any of these programs, although a park entrance license is required. All times are Central Time. These programs are held in addition to regular programming hosted by individual parks on summer weekends.
The three Walk in the Park programs are part of a series of educational, guided hikes held throughout the year in South Dakota state parks, recreation areas and nature preserves. Parks staff and volunteers lead the programs, which are co-sponsored by the SD Department of Health and the Department of Education. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and to dress for the weather.
For more information on SD state parks and a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.SDparks.info or call (605) 773-3391.