Helmsley trust gives $1.8M for Custer State Park fire rehab

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — A charitable trust established by the late hotel and real estate baroness Leona Halmsley is contributing $1.8 million to help rehabilitate Custer State Park after a historic wildfire, South Dakota officials said Thursday.

The funding will be used over three years to support aerial mapping, tree thinning and stream rehabilitation, among other initiatives, according to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. The December fire, which burned more than 84 square miles (218 square...

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