Gov. Kristi Noem appoints two new members to Game, Fish and Parks Commission
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem announced on Monday that she has appointed Travis Bies and Robert Whitmyre to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission.
The GFP Commision acts as an advocate and liaison between Game, Fish and Parks and the people of South Dakota. It consists of eight members, each appointed by the Governor for four year terms.
Travis Bies is a third-generation commercial cow and calf producer from Fairburn.
Bies says his experience as a rancher has given him perspective on how wildlife and ranching are integrated.
“Every day we see mule deer, whitetails, prairie dogs, birds and more. Seeing wildlife on the ranch is a sign that we’re managing our resources properly, not only for our livestock, but also for the wildlife and the next generation of ranchers and outdoor enthusiasts,” said Bies.
Whitmyre is an East River farmer that has lived in Day County for over 50 years. He says he’s interested in ensuring that future generations are able to enjoy the natural world.
“Outdoor recreation and caring for the land are not just things we do around here; it is who we are. Serving for the next generation is important to me to ensure that we are continuously enhancing the quantity and quality of outdoor recreational opportunities with a peaceful and respectful approach.”
“Travis and Robert have proven their commitment to South Dakota and will bring new perspectives to outdoor recreation and habitat resources,” said Noem. “I appreciate their willingness to serve and make our state a better place to live and work – not only for today, but for the next generation.”
Bies will replace Barry Jensen of White River. Whitmyre will replace Cathy Peterson of Salem. Both will attend their first commission meeting on February 28 in Pierre. Their terms expire on January 10, 2023.