cost-share program for ponds, grazing systems, and grass seedings in Deuel, Roberts, Day,
Codington and Grant Counties in 2000-2003.
The Prairie Coteau of
northeastern South Dakota is a globally unique ecosystem comprised of rolling tallgrass
prairie hills interspersed by thousands of small glaciated wetlands. This region is widely
recognized as one the most diverse and critically threatened habitats on the continent. In
recognition of these factors the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has joined forces
with other partners to accelerate grassland and wetland conservation in this region.
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife
Program along with the Grant, Codington, Day, Deuel and Roberts Conservation Districts,
the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Division of Resource Conservation and
Forestry, Ducks Unlimited and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks have all
combined to develop a cost-share program for wetland development, grass seedings and
grazing systems across the Prairie Coteau. Local Conservation Districts are the primary
project sponsors, while Partners for Fish and Wildlife staff will work closely with local
producers to review and design specific conservation projects. The Prairie Coteau project
will run for three years starting in the fall of 2000 and is expected to place over
$500,000 of valuable conservation work on the Prairie Coteau.
The primary goal of the project is to
benefit both wildlife and livestock by working closely with ranchers to restore and
enhance grasslands throughout the Prairie Coteau. Accomplishment estimates for this
cooperative effort include over 7,000 acres of beneficial grazing systems, over 1,300
acres of restored grassland and 35 multiple purpose wetland developments.