PIERRE, S.D. – Leonel Jensen’s contributions to South Dakota’s citizens and his efforts toward wildlife conservation make him one of South Dakota’s Great Faces.
Jensen, who was from Viborg, S.D., held several state appointed positions and served the citizens of South Dakota in many ways. During his time on the Game, Fish & Parks Commission, Jensen had a significant impact on South Dakota’s wildlife. He helped to establish a prairie deer season, and introduced wild turkeys to the Cheyenne River valley.
Jensen also had an impact on those who love South Dakota’s outdoors. He was active in establishing the state’s first roadside parks along state highways, and helped develop a popular hiking path at Sylvan Lake called the “Sunday Gulch Trail.”
According to the South Dakota Hall of Fame, Jensen was named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year in 1973 by the South Dakota Wildlife Federation. Due to Jensen’s numerous contributions, Gov. Bill Janklow proclaimed Jan. 18, 1985, as Leonel Morgan Jensen Day in South Dakota.
South Dakota’s Great Faces weekly press release series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism, designed to highlight people who have had significant impacts on South Dakota, particularly in the visitor industry. Click on the special “South Dakota’s Great Faces” link at www.MediaSD.com to access the complete list of articles.


Wanda Goodman
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