Pheasants Forever is hosting 22 Conservation Reserve Program landowner workshops in South Dakota in March to inform farmers, ranchers and conservationists about the CRP general Sign-Up 43.
The sign-up, which runs from March 12 through April 6, is crucial to South Dakota's ring-necked pheasant population, according to Pheasants Forever.
"South Dakota pheasants and other wildlife are in need of a successful CRP signup, but so are landowners," says Matt Morlock, a Pheasants Forever biologist based out of Brookings, "This signup isn't about pitting ag production and wildlife against one another, but working together for the betterment of a balanced South Dakota landscape."
At the workshops, landowners can learn from Pheasants Forever biologists how to improve the chances of their lands being accepted in the competitive CRP General Sign-Up 43.
Pheasants Forever will also be informing producers on how conserving marginal lands through CRP can prove mutually beneficial for wildlife and agriculture production.
Abundant CRP grassland habitat in South Dakota has helped maintain the state's status as the nation's top pheasant producing state, but the state has lost more than a quarter of its CRP acreage since 2007 (from 1.56 million acres in 2007 to the current level of 1.1 million acres). South Dakota's pheasant population dropped nearly 50% last year.
The schedule for the meeting is:
March 6 – 1 p.m., Forestburg, Forestburg 4H Building
March 7 – 12 p.m., Wessington Springs, Springs Inn
March 12 -- 7 p.m., Aberdeen, Barnett Center Room 59A
March 13 --4 p.m., Britton, Marshall County Community Center
March 14 -- 7 p.m., Webster, Day County Courthouse (basement)
March 19 --10 a.m., Onida, Phoenix Center
March 19 --1 p.m., Gettysburg, J&B's Quik Stop
March 19 -- 2 p.m., Clear Lake, Municipal Community Building
March 19 -- 6 p.m., Herreid, Community Center
March 19 -- 7 p.m., Milbank, Milbank Community Center
March 20 -- 9 a.m., Timber Lake, USDA Service Center
March 20 -- 1 p.m., Dupree, USDA Service Center
March 20 -- 2 p.m., Watertown, Codington County 4-H Building
March 20 -- 6 p.m., Lemmon, Dakota Lodge
March 21 -- 7 p.m., Redfield, Spink County Courthouse (basement)
March 21 -- 10 a.m., Phillip, USDA Service Center
March 21 -- 2 p.m., Kadoka, USDA Service Center
March 22 -- 10 a.m., Murdo, USDA Service Center
March 22 -- 7 p.m., Sisseton, Roberts County 4-H Building
March 22 -- 7 p.m., Presho, Hutch's Restaurant & Lounge
March 23 -- 10 a.m., Pierre, USDA Service Center
March 26 -- 6 p.m., Martin, City Library (community room)
For more information, contact Matt Morlock at 605-881-8258.
Source: Pheasant Forever