Partnerships and Grants

Access Partnerships

  • Walk-in Area Program - works to maintain South Dakota's rich hunting heritage by providing access on privately owned lands through contracts with landowners who have CRP or other valuable wildlife habitat. The landowner opens the land to free public hunting, (foot-traffic only), in exchange for a small payment and immunity from non-negligent liability.
  • Controlled Hunting Access Program (CHAP) - In 2008, GFP initiated a new big game hunting access program - CHAP. CHAP is a cooperative effort between private landowners and Game, Fish and Parks. Landowners who enroll in CHAP will have more controll over hunter activities on their land, including controlling the amount of hunter use at a given time, setting special provisions for use, placing restrictions on big game species allowed to be harvested, and game retrieval. For more information or assistance, go to the Fact Sheet.

Habitat Partnerships

  • Habitat Management - Habitat management is crucial for increasing desired wildlife species on your property. GFP private lands habitat biologists can take landowners who want to support wildlife through a series to steps to determine what will work for their specific situation.
  • Wildlife Partnership Program - offers a number of cost share programs assisting private landowners develop upland game bird habitat. These habitat projects are aimed to increase nesting, escape, and severe winter cover on private lands.
  • Wetland and Grassland Habitat Program - works with landowners and our conservation partners to implement wetland and grassland conservation practices that will benefit wildlife while meeting the needs of landowners. In addition to technical assistance, the Wetland & Grassland Habitat Program offers a variety of cost share options for private landowners
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (C.R.E.P.)- Administered by the USDA's Farm Service Agency, CREP is a "state-sponsored" Conservation Reserve Program designed for a specific geographic area that will address resource concerns identified by state partners. In South Dakota, the focus will be on creating additional pheasant nesting habitat.
  • Federal Farm Bill Conservation Programs- The Farm Bill offers a variety of opportunities to support conservation on your land.
  • Conservation Partners- In addition to cooperating landowners, GFP participates with other conservation partners to complete habitat projects on private land at varying levels of involvement. Here is a list of other organizations you can partner with...
  • Technical Resources - more detailed information on areas of your particular interest.
  • Black-footed ferret and prairie dog habitat incentive program

Recreation Grants

Rare Species Grants

Supporting Partners - The South Dakota Parks & Wildlife Foundation

parks and wildlife foundation logoThe South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation supports the Department of Game, Fish and Parks by funding wildlife enhancement and park development. Your contributions to the foundation assist GFP in the conservation and management of our State's natural resources. Learn more...