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Our Amazing Grasslands


Grassland in South Dakota


The SD Grassland Coalition partnered with the organizations listed below to enhance the grassland planner with a series of short video stories each month during 2020 promoting healthy soils, grasslands, and ecosystems.

Anderson Family Incorporating native warm-season grasses   Jeannie Franceus  – Grazing management   George and Suzanne England – Multi-species operation   Dell Family – Multi-species and rotational grazing
January-Chuck and Koreen Anderson on incorporating native warm-season grasses   February-Jeannie Franceus on grazing management   March-George and Suzanne England on multi-species operation   April-Dell Family on multi-species and rotational grazing
Lance Vilhauer – Managing plant diversity   Johnson Family – 2019 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Winner   Hove Family – Custom grazing   Fran Fritz – Water access in grassland grazing

May-Lance Vilhauer on Managing plant diversity

  June-Johnson Family were the 2019 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award Winner   July-Hove Family on Custom grazing   August-Fran Fritz on water access in grassland grazing
Rick Smith – Mulit-specie grazing on diverse landscape   Slovek Family – Holistic resource management   Gilbert Family – Plant diversity in grazing   Luke Perman – Sheep to control noxious weeds
September-Rick Smith on mulit-specie grazing on diverse landscape   October-Slovek Family on holistic resource management  

November-Gilbert Family on plant diversity in grazing

  December-Luke Perman on sheep to control noxious weeds


2020 Grassland Stewardship Communications Project Partners:

The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, South Dakota State University, Audubon Dakota, Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Partners for Fish and Wildlife, SD Department of Game, Fish and Parks, The Cattle Business Weekly, Tri-State Livestock News, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and SD Grassland Coalition.

Previous Videos

2019 Videos
2018 Videos

Helping People Help the Land

Grasslands Planner

Through the following Grassland Planners, the U.S. Department of Agriculture NRCS is working with the South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGC) and other partners to improve the health of grassland resources. The NRCS, SDGC & SDSU Extension Service and other entities can assist you to determine and formulate resource protection and enhancement options that fit your operation. Depending upon the area of expertise and/or need for financial assistance, staff are available through NRCS and SD Conservation Districts, and other partners such as the SD Grassland Coalition & SDSU Extension specialists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the South Dakota Departments of Agriculture and Game, Fish and Parks, and private organizations, such as Pheasants Forever, Ltd., who may have additional avenues of assistance.

2020 (PDF; 10MB)

2019 (PDF; 6,672KB)

2018 (PDF; 3MB)

2017 (PDF; 1.8MB)

2016 (PDF; 5MB)

2015 (PDF; 4,5MB)