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Conservation Districts and Their State Association

Wetland creation in Tripp County, SDIn 1992, the Tripp County Conservation District provided the impetus to build a 3.5-acre dual purpose (cattle and wildlife) pond for a landowner in Tripp County, South Dakota. Funding and technical assistance were provided through South Dakota Partners for Fish and Wildlife.

Conservation Districts are units of local government, typically organized on county lines. In each state there is also an Association of Conservation Districts, which, in turn is aligned with the National Association of Conservation Districts, both non-profit organizations.

In South Dakota, our state Association of Conservation Districts receives grants and other contributions, and then funnels these funds out to 45 of their member Conservation Districts to pay for conservation work as part of Partners for Fish and Wildlife.  For example, in April 1995 we channeled the following funds through the South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts:

North American Wetland Conservation Fund
FEMA
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ducks Unlimited
Wildlife Forever
Aberdeen Development Corporation
South Dakota Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks
   Total
$767,675
600,000
504,000
169,000
10,000
30,000
10,000
$2,090,675

The Conservation Districts at the local level are the "eyes and ears" to seek out landowners who want to participate in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. The local Conservation Districts collect a cost share from the landowners and raise other local dollars from a variety of sources to complete partner conservation work. Through this work they earn "in-kind" credits, which earn even more grant dollars to flow to their districts.

In South Dakota, this arrangement has been a tremendous asset in delivering Partners for Fish and Wildlife. It has also had the spin-off effect of building trust for all aspects of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service activities by giving the Service favorable visibility all across the state.


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