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S.D. Department of Tourism, More Than Just Parks release latest film in three-part series

The award-winning series showcase the recreational opportunities that exist in the grasslands, while underscoring the importance of protecting South Dakota’s wild places.

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More Than Just Parks team, the South Dakota Department of Tourism recently released a short film focused on Buffalo Gap National Grassland.
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PIERRE, S.D. • In partnership with the More Than Just Parks, the South Dakota Department of Tourism recently released a short film on Buffalo Gap National Grassland. The release marks the final film of a three-part series highlighting South Dakota’s public lands.

“Putting a focus on the incredible resource that Buffalo Gap National Grassland offers is an exciting opportunity for us,” James Hagen, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, said in a news release announcing the film. “Buffalo Gap surrounds the incredibly popular Badlands National Park but has remained one of South Dakota’s most beautiful hidden gems.”

The video can be found online at MoreThanJustParks.com or YouTube.com/SouthDakotaTourism .

The Buffalo Gap National Grassland installment in the More Than Just Parks award-winning series was done not only to showcase the amazing recreational opportunities that exist in the grasslands but, according to the department, to underscore the importance of protecting South Dakota’s wild places.

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“Sharing these captivating videos allows us to harness the power of visual storytelling, which is an incredibly important part of sharing South Dakota’s story with millions of potential visitors across the world,” Hagen said. “Our travelers and residents continue to share their awe and wonder after exploring South Dakota’s state and national parks and resources.”

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The partnership with More Than Just Parks was established to highlight South Dakota’s public lands and provide visitors with new ways to explore these landscapes responsibly. The goal of the More Than Just Parks films is to share the beauty of America’s national parks and public lands, encourage people to enjoy these resources responsibly and influence the importance of land conservation.

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During the summer, the two entities also released films focused on Wind Cave National Park and Badlands National Park. In 2019, the South Dakota Department of Tourism partnered with More Than Just Parks on a film devoted to the Black Hills National Forest.

"We’re so excited to be highlighting the natural beauty and amazing array of recreational opportunities waiting to be explored at Buffalo Gap National Grassland," said Jim Pattiz, co-founder of More Than Just Parks. "This is our first film on a National Grassland, and we’re thrilled to finally be sharing these amazing recreation destinations with audiences around the globe."

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