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Private Lands Habitat and Access Strategic Plan

Since approximately 80% of the state's land base is under private ownership, private landowners serve as the stewards with the most influence over wildlife habitat conditions for wildlife populations. Dating back to the mid-1970's, SD GFP has offered voluntary private land habitat programs to cooperating landowners, if they desire to establish and enhance wildlife habitat. GFP has developed this strategic plan to serve as an adaptive document to guide our efforts to manage habitat and provide public access to private land.

Habitat and Access Programs for landowners

Wildlife Damage Management

GFP employs 27 full-time Wildlife Damage Specialists (WDS) within its Wildlife Damage Management Program. These staff work directly with landowners and producers to reduce or alleviate wildlife damage such as: livestock losses, damage to stored-feed supplies and hay, damage to growing crops, as well as damage to personal property. They also conduct educational programs on sport trapping as a form of recreation and its importance in the management of furbearers. Programs can be given in classrooms, meeting halls, summer camps or other group meeting locations.

Please contact your local WDS or call your local GFP office for assistance.

Additional information on the program can be found below.