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South Dakota State Park Director Earns Awards

News Release from the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Park Department
(Doug Hofer Receives Distinguished Service Award)

Doug Hofer received the Division of Parks and Recreation’s Distinguished Service Award and the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association’s (SDPRA) Hall of Fame Award at the groups’ annual meetings held earlier this month in Mitchell. Hofer is pictured with his wife, Carolyn.

Doug Hofer received the Division of Parks and Recreation’s Distinguished Service Award and the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association’s (SDPRA) Hall of Fame Award at the groups’ annual meetings held earlier this month in Mitchell. Hofer is pictured with his wife, Carolyn.

MITCHELL, S.D – The South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation director Doug Hofer was recently recognized for his leadership and contributions to recreation in South Dakota.


Hofer received the Division of Parks and Recreation’s Distinguished Service Award and the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association’s (SDPRA) Hall of Fame Award at the groups’ annual meetings held earlier this month.

Employees who embody the mission of the state park system are selected for the Division’s Distinguished Service honor. The SDPRA Hall of Fame Award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the parks and recreation field in South Dakota.

“Under Doug’s leadership, state park visitation has grown to over seven million people annually,” stated assistant director Bob Schneider. “Throughout his service, Doug played a key role in creating the George S. Mickelson Trail, integrating 35 Corps of Engineer recreation areas into the state park system, and designating South Dakota’s newest state park – Good Earth State Park at Blood Run.”

In the last 30 years under director Hofer, the state park’s system’s reliance on state general funds has decreased from over 50 percent to eight percent.

“During tough economic times and through periods of flood and drought, Doug and his staff have continued to grow the state park system and services offered,” according to Schneider.

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Park Department was received Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

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