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Recent News Articles and Press Releases

Find the latest news as it relates to habitat news and programs along with conservation efforts across South Dakota. If you need more information or would like to request an interview on information related to Habitat Pays, please contact: Emily Kiel with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks or Maggie Stensaas with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

  • May 15, 2018
    New Plan Aims to Reverse Monarch Butterfly Decline
    The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcomes public comments through May 31 on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population.

  • April 24, 2018
    Cover Crops Help Crop Rotation in Spink County
    A month after planting a cover crop mix, Brian Johnson’s field was thick with leafy radishes and bright green spears of sorghum Sudan grass. In another month, the cows would be turned out for a few weeks of grazing this leafy mix.

  • February 5, 2018
    GFP Food Plot Program Offers Free Seed
    The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) food plot program was developed nearly 50 years ago to assist landowners in providing winter food sources for wildlife.

  • September 7, 2017
    Pheasants Forever's Farm Bill Biologists
    The inception of the Farm Bill Biologist positions in South Dakota began in 2003 when Pheasants Forever hired its first four biologists in the state. Since then, Pheasants Forever has expanded its coverage area and increased its efficiency with the addition of nine biologists spanning from state border to state border.

  • August 3, 2017
    Applications Now Open For Buffer Strip Incentives; Daugaard Administration Rolls Out Interactive Map
    South Dakotans can now apply to receive riparian buffer strip property tax incentives, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.
  • August 2, 2017
    Pheasant Forever, biologists looking for businesses to help fundmore public hunting land
    Local Pheasants Forever chapters will work to collect funds from local businesses that will be added to state dollars and further incentivize landowners to sign up for the Walk In Areas program. 
  • May 29, 2017
    Ducks Unlimited invests in local environment
    A joint effort between Ducks Unlimited, South Dakota State University, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and the Natural Resources Conservation Service is helping farmers create a better habitat for wildlife in eastern South Dakota.
  • March 28, 2017
    Finalist named for 2017 SD Leopold Conservation Award
    Sand County Foundation, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition are proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award®, which honors South Dakota landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.
  • March 7, 2017
    NRCS SD Announces New Request for Proposals for 2017 Conservation Innovation Grants
  • September 12, 2016
    Habitat Tip: The Life History of Monarch Butterflies

  • July 6, 2016
    What to do with ditches: conservation group eyes solution for SD ditch mowing dilemma
    Road ditches can be great wildlife habitat, which is why it’s illegal to mow them before the middle of July in South Dakota.

  • June 30, 2016
    Pheasant Experts: Planned Habitat Vital, Worth The Effort
    The pheasant is not only important in South Dakota for its cultural value, but also for what it contributes to the economy.