- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota’s congressional delegation is helping with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan for a new state park at Spearfish Canyon.

U.S. Sen. John Thune introduced legislation Thursday that would authorize an exchange of nearly 2,000 acres of federal land in the areas of Spearfish Canyon and Bismarck Lake for almost 2,000 acres of state-owned land in separate parcels.

Sen. Mike Rounds co-sponsored the bill, and Rep. Kristi Noem introduced its companion in the U.S. House.

Game, Fish and Parks would improve facilities and roads under the plan and open a new part of Spearfish Canyon to the public.

Daugaard says there are still many steps to making the park a reality, but he’s hopeful it can be achieved.

The governor announced the proposal in his 2016 State of the State.


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