governor's 2013 Habitat Summit and work group information

Habitat Summit Background

In December 2013, Governor Daugaard hosted a habitat summit, particularly central to pheasant habitat, due to public concerns over low numbers in the species population statewide. The summit drew in approximately 400 interested individuals; landowners, sportsmen and women, conservationists, government officials, the tourism industry and others who were there to learn more about what was being done to improve habitat in South Dakota.

From there, Governor Daugaard created a 13 member work group charged to identify ways to improve habitat compatible with agricultural production in the state. A combination of eight meetings and conference calls were completed by the group during the summer of 2014.

That September, a final report was submitted to the governor, which included eight recommendations to enhance habitat efforts across South Dakota.

Habitat Work Group Meeting Summaries

Habitat Summit News

Summit Videos and Presentations

Opening Remarks

  • Jeff Vonk, Former Secretary of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
  • Governor Dennis Daugaard

History of Pheasants

  • Tony Leif, Division of Wildlife Director, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Land Use

  • Barry Dunn, Ph. D., South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean, SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences

Modern Agricultural Production

  • Bruce Knight, Principle and Founder, Strategic Conservation Solutions, LLC

Conservation Policies

  • Dave Nomsen, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Pheasants Forever

Pheasant Hunting and Tourism

  • Jim Hagen, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism

Panel Discussion

  • Moderated by Lucas Lentsch, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Findings of Break Out Group Discussions and Closing Remarks