Across South Dakota, life forms made of stone inhabit the high places. None of these petroforms are officially protected, though a few, are intentionally maintained by private landowners. Plus, a close look at the state's pandemic relief fund reveals a detail about SD's hospitality industry. Also, what is the new syndrome affecting children who have COVID-19? All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or
Katie Ceroll is the South Dakota Game Fish and Park division director for parks. The agency has announced a “pause” in the conversations about land exchanges in the state (Spearfish Canyon / Bismark Lake). Ceroll discusses how public input influenced the decision and what comes next in the collaborative conversation.
National parks have a positive impact on the nation’s economy. The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial year and reports the parks contribute $300-billion to the national economy and support nearly 2 million jobs.
Sally Jewell is the Secretary of the Interior. She says in her department’s annual economic report, public lands and waters also support state and local economies and create improved quality of life.
More than 660 middle school girls from southeastern South Dakota are learning about careers in science and math. The Women in Science group hosted a conference Wednesday for its eleventh year. Professionals at dozens of break-out sessions and exhibits at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls want girls to know that women can have successful careers in STEM fields. STEM stands for Science, Technololgy, Engineering and Math.