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Castle Rock Conservation Implementation Strategy Project

Contact:  Andrea Westlake, Rangeland Management Specialist | Phone: (605) 892-3368

Contact:  Andrew Thomason, Public Affairs Specialist | Phone: (605) 570-2625

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), Huron, S.D., February 18, 2021 – Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS) Project Castle Rock will soon be underway in Butte County, South Dakota (SD), serving the community and improving land quality. This 3-year project is one of 16 selected in Fiscal Year 2020 and federally-funded through the NRCS conservation programs of the 2018 Farm Bill. The purpose of this project is to address resource concerns and will be implemented by Pheasants Forever in concert with landowners.  

Farmers/ranchers within the project areas are eligible to apply for financial assistance. The batching date deadline for applications is March 19, 2021

The NRCS conservation specialists and partners are coordinating these projects throughout the state. Through collectively focusing expertise and resources on the highest priority resource concerns in the highest priority areas, CIS projects can yield the most impressive returns. Collaborative funding and support from other agencies and groups create a coordinated community effort and focus on mutual issues of the highest priority. The Castle Rock Project partners with the World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy, the Butte Conservation District, and Pheasants Forever to directly benefit soil health and water quality.  

Project sponsors identified soil degradation and water quality as resource concerns and developed this CIS project to address the situation.

To learn more about this project, contact Andrea Westlake at or (605) 892-3368 . For more information on the CIS in SD, or if you have ideas for a project, contact Valorie Dupraz, Acting Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, at (605) 692-2344, or visit the CIS page under Farm Bill Programs on our SD NRCS Web site:

Specialists with the USDA NRCS are working and available by phone or e-mail while taking safety measures in response to COVID-19. To apply, please contact your local NRCS office.  Farmers and ranchers can now start making in-person appointments at several USDA Service Centers across the country as part of USDA’s phased reopening process. Other USDA Service Centers remain open for business by phone appointment only.