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Upland Restoration Practice

Photo: Chad Switzer, SD Game, Fish & Parks

Grasslands not only provide nesting cover and other habitat benefits to numerous wildlife species, but are a vital component of ranching operations found across the state. SD GF&P will cost share up to 100% of grass seed needed to replant cropland back to grass (up to $90/acre).

Depending upon the landowner's management objective, examples of plantings include establishing a mixture of native grasses and legumes exclusively for wildlife, or seeding marginal cropland back to a grazing mixture of perennial grasses for livestock production and wildlife purposes. For those grass seedings that will be used for grazing purposes, the cooperating landowner must agree to a stocking rate using USDA-NRCS grazing standards.

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