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Publications & Fact Sheets

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word.


2017 South Dakota Grassland Planner (1.8 MB)

2016 South Dakota Grassland Planner (small PDF 5 MB)  or (high resolution PDF 39 MB)

2015 Grassland Planner (PDF; 4.5 MB)

Living Landscapes in South Dakota - A Guide to Native Plantscaping (PDF; 13.2 MB) - This 42-page booklet is designed as a guide to help homeowners, living on acreages, rural or urban settings, in planting native plants and landscaping.  It is full of handy information such as planning, design, and site preparation; choosing the right grasses, shrubs, trees, and wildflowers; water conservation; plant maintenance and protection; planning and planting for wildlife; rain gardens; energy conservation; weed control; culturally significant native plants; and fire wise landscaping.

Outreach and Education

Suitable for elementary education

Rural Living:  What You Need to Know as a South Dakota Landowner (PDF; 691 KB) - This publication is intended to create an awareness of environmental concerns associated with living on a rural housing development or a small acreage and guide the reader to sources of additional information and assistance.  It introduces non-agricultural people to natural resources and how to keep the watershed healthy.  "Rural Living:  What You Need to Know as a South Dakota Landowner" was produced by a cooperative effort of public and private entities to educate people for better management of soil, water, air, plants, and animals in an ecosystem.


Additional Resources or recommended web sites:

NRCS Distribution Center - The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides a variety of free publications about conserving our natural resources.

Buffers, Common-Sense Conservation - Conservation buffers help landowners maintain productive, profitable, and environmentally responsible farming and ranching operations.  Conservation buffers protect soil, improve air and water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, and help create a more diverse, scenic landscape.


The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is committed to making its information accessible to all of its customers and employees. If you are experiencing accessibility issues and need assistance, please call the South Dakota NRCS office at 605-352-1200. For assistance with publications that include maps, graphs, or similar forms of information, you may also wish to contact your state or local office.