SD – SD GF&P presents state park idea to Lawrence County Commission

SD GF&P presents state park idea to Lawrence County Commission


It’s creating quite the buzz around the Black Hills, turning Spearfish Canyon into a state park.

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks presented their proposal to the Lawrence County Commission Tuesday morning, showcasing some of the improvements they’ve made on the Roughlock Falls area earlier this year.
They say their next step is a series of master plan meetings, getting the public’s input on what they would like to see come of the proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park.

Katie Cerroll, Parks and Recreation Division Director at South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, says, “It’s so important to share the history of the canyon with the general public. Share who we are as the division of parks and recreation, and in turn, a dialogue to what’s the responsible management, stewardship, and what are the opportunities?”

But there is still work to be done to make the dream of Spearfish Canyon State Park come true. At a federal level, Congress must pass the land transfer bill, exchanging state land with federal land, where the state would then acquire popular tourist spots, Spearfish Canyon and Bismarck Lake.
The U.S. Forest Service has previously come out against the bill, saying they believe the way they take care of the land works great already.
At a state level to make the park happen, the state legislature would have to pass a $2.5 million dollar funding bill, and designate the park.

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Parks Planner 4 (Trails Coordinator) 12022
SALARY: $5,126.00 – $6,727.00 Monthly
OPENING DATE: 11/29/16
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Stoughton native’s early adventures lead to Massparks director

By Michelle C.D. Roberts
“A lot of people don’t have the adventures that I had when I was a kid,” explained Priscilla Geigis.

Geigis, 51, and her sister, Deb, grew up in Stoughton, and spent every summer travelling with their parents across the country to state and national parks. Their father, a minister at the First Congregational Church in Stoughton for 25 years, and their mother, a first-grade teacher at the Hanson Elementary School for 24 years, would hitch up their tent trailer every summer and take their daughters on an adventure. One summer, the family drove all the way from Stoughton to Alaska. By the time Geigis was 13, she already had gone to several parks, including Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.

Geigis’ parents grew up in Boston, and had not been exposed to camping, but wanted to give their daughters an adventure. To pass the time in the car as they travelled every summer, the two sisters would write in their travel journals about their experiences. They also would put on a radio show using a tape recorder where Deb pretended to be the show’s host and Priscilla pretended to be a park ranger.

It was that travel experience that led Geigis, now a Watertown resident, to a career working for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) as the director of Massparks. The Massachusetts DCR’s park system encompasses 350,000 acres that Geigis and her team manage, which includes beaches and mountaintops, campgrounds and trails. Having served for 12 years, she is responsible for enhancing the visitor experience, which involves ensuring that visitors learn about the natural and cultural resources of the parks, partake in recreational activities, and foster a sense of shared stewardship. In addition to her regular duties, Geigis also was president of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) for three years, and continues to serve as a board member.

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