South Dakota Chapter: History

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Founded in 1937 as The Society of Wildlife Specialists, The Wildlife Society has evolved into an international nonprofit organization of professional wildlife ecologists and managers. Members number over 10,000 from 40 different countries, and include administrators, biologists, conservation officers, educators, managers and researchers. The objectives of TWS are to:

  1. Promote sound stewardship of wildlife resources and the environments upon which wildlife and humans depend;
  2. Undertake an active role in preventing human-induced environmental degradation;
  3. Increase awareness and appreciation of wildlife values; and
  4. To seek the highest standards in all activities of the wildlife profession.

The South Dakota Chapter of TWS (SDTWS) was initiated on February 19, 1966 with 56 charter members. SDTWS is affiliated with the Central Mountains and Plains Section, one of eight subdivisions of TWS.  SDTWS has a current membership of 171 people interested in the welfare of South Dakota wildlife.  Members include private citizens and representatives and/or cooperating staff from:

South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources

South Dakota State University

Complete list of Colleges, Community Colleges and Universities in South Dakota

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Natural Resources Conservation Service

US Geological Survey

USDA Forest Service (offices in South Dakota):

     Black Hills National Forest

     Buffalo Gap National Grassland

     Dakota Prairie Grasslands

     Fort Pierre National Grassland

     USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station

Bureau of Reclamation

Great Plains Region

Dakotas Area Office 

National Park Service

Bureau of Land Management – Montana and Dakotas

US Department of Agriculture

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Fish and Wildlife Management Offices – State, Territorial and Tribal