Threatened or Endangered Species Plans
for species that live along the Missouri River
These plans are now available:
- South Dakota Pallid Sturgeon Management Plan
- South Dakota Bald Eagle Management Plan
- South Dakota Least Tern and Piping Plover Management Plan
In 2002, the US Army Corps of Engineers transferred approximately 14,000 acres along the Missouri River to South Dakota. Eventually, 91,178 wildlife and recreation acres will be transferred to the state. These lands are prime recreation sites, providing areas for camping, birding, hunting and fishing, as well allowing increased boating access. The transferred lands are also important to many wildlife species, including four on the federal and state threatened or endangered species lists; the bald eagle, least tern, piping plover, and pallid sturgeon.
Since the land has been transferred to South Dakota, Game, Fish and Parks has primary responsibility for managing endangered species on those lands. The State, along with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Fish and Wildlife Service, developed an agreement to ensure that these species continue to be protected under state management. South Dakota is committed to creating and enhancing habitat for the listed species along the Missouri and throughout the state. Game, Fish and Parks is developing a set of management plans for the four listed species that live along the Missouri.