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Our Amazing Grasslands -Summit Lake Partnership, Summit, SD

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“When using cattle on Game Production Areas, people need to understand we’re trying to manage the land. If we properly use cattle it benefits all parts of the grassland and everything is much better.” 

Mike McKernan

In this 6-minute video, we visit the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Summit Lake Game Production Areas near Summit, SD. This video features the cooperative management relationship between custom cattle grazer Mike McKernan and GFP managers Owen McElroy and Brett Blank. The SD Grassland Coalition is releasing a short video story each month during 2021 to enhance the Grassland Planner that was developed to promote healthy soils, grasslands, and ecosystems. Please enjoy this April feature video, which was supported by the partnering agencies listed below.   

2021 Grassland Stewardship Communications Project Partners:  SD Grassland Coalition, Audubon Dakota, Ducks Unlimited, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, SD GFP, The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, SD Soil Health Coalition, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and South Dakota State University.

If you missed previous 2021 "Our Amazing Grassland" stories, the links are below:

January:  Erickson Ranch

February:  Bendigo Family

March:  Shultz Family

Follow these links for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 stories