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The Foundation has accomplished varied projects and has visualized future projects that are important to the ecology and recreation of the canyon scene. The U.S.D.A. Forest Service is the main federal agency that manages the canyon contour. Other agencies involved include South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, South Dakota Department of Transportation, South Dakota Forestry - Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Federal Highways Department. 

Every project requires a vision, substantial planning, public scoping, and fund raising. Many public and private organizations are involved. Significant time is invested to achieve a well-coordinated and meaningful result. Project costs vary from $65,000 to $280,000 with the exception of the land conservancy project that exceeds $1.8 million. Listed below are a few of the Foundation's accomplishments and visions (italicized in tan). More detailed information is available by contacting the Foundation. Public input is always welcome.

Trails -- State and Federal Agencies

Canyon Floor
Future Vision

Wildlife -- State and Federal Agencies

American Dipper
Song Birds
Future Needs

Interpretation -- Historical Societies

Botanical Gardens
Research and Writings
FM Interpretive Pullouts
Cultural Center

Ecological -- University Studies

Water -- Analysis & Programs
Vegetation -- Survey & Programs

Planning & Management -- Consensus and Decision-Making

Foundation Vision
Corridor Management Plan (CMP)
Landscape Assessment (LA)
Forest Service Decisions -- Specific and 10-Year Forest Plan
National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)