upland restoration practices

Grasslands not only provide nesting cover and other habitat benefits to numerous wildlife species, but are a vital component of ranching operations found across the state. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will cost share up to 100 percent of grass seed needed to replant cropland back to grass (up to $110/acre).

Depending upon the landowner's management objective, examples of plantings include establishing a mixture of native grasses and legumes exclusively for wildlife or seeding marginal cropland back to a grazing mixture of perennial grasses for livestock production and wildlife purposes.

For those grass seedings that will be used for grazing purposes, the cooperating landowner must agree to a stocking rate using USDA-NRCS grazing standards.

For more information, please contact a habitat advisor to help coordinate an upcoming project.