SDGFP Hosting Habitat Pays Landowner Workshops in Sioux Falls

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department will host four workshops in Sioux Falls as part of its Habitat Pays program.

Habitat Pays is a joint effort between the GFP and the S.D. Department of Agriculture designed to provide more information and education to assist landowners in designing, developing and funding habitat on their land.

The workshops, titled “Habitat University,” will aim to provide landowners with practical and technical information on how to create winter cover, food plots, native grass seedings and other topics.

“Landowners want more information about putting habitat on the ground,” said Andy Gabbert, GFP habitat resource biologist, in a GFP news release announcing the dates of the workshops. “Putting together a series of workshops that can help interested agricultural producers will help them get the habitat information they are looking for.”

Representatives from GFP, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Pheasants Forever, the Minnehaha Conservation District and others will be available for presentations and questions at each workshop.

“Habitat programs and resources are out there to help landowners with improving habitat on their land,” Gabbert said. “We know that not every program will work for every landowner. The options available for habitat are diverse and we want to provide another way of explaining these programs and resources with our partner organizations.”

The workshops will be held at the GFP’s Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 18 and 24, and March 3 and 10.

For a complete schedule of topics or to register online, visit habitat.sd.gov/workshops/default.aspx.