Ranchers and Partners for Fish and Wildlife team up
to save South Dakota grasslands.
To accelerate grassland conservation, the South
Dakota Partners Program works with over 200 landowners a year, many of which are ranchers
who wish to either maintain, enhance, or restore grasslands through managed grazing
systems, grass seedings, or wetland development.
Terry Howard, a South Dakota rancher
and Partners participant typifies the feelings of many. Howard notes that the Partners
Program is "super to work with" and helped him restore 320 acres of grazing land
that "should have never been farmed." Keith Krull, another South Dakota rancher
and Partners participant notes the Partners Program was very accommodating and helped him
"cut through the red tape" to meet the needs of his operation. Similar
sentiments have been noted nationally. Myra Hyde, former Director of Environmental Issues for the
National Cattlemens Beef Association concludes that ranchers who work with Partners
report a "positive experience" largely because the program is "voluntary,
flexible, and delivered one on one to address site specific needs."