PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ended a moratorium on the purchase of land by the state Game, Fish and Parks Department.
Daugaard imposed the ban when he took office in January 2011. But he says the department now will be able to acquire land for use by all South Dakotans.
The governor says he and Game, Fish and Parks Department officials have added new procedures for providing local notice and consultation for all future land purchases.
The revised policy will give county commissions advance notice when the state plans to acquire parcels of 80 acres or more for hunting or other outdoor purposes. People also will have an additional 30 days to provide information and comments before the Game, Fish and Parks Commission decides whether to buy land.