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HEALTHY GRASSLAND: Sheep graze in western North Dakota. Livestock and wildlife can co-exist in a health grassland.

Dakotas targeted for working grasslands conservation

Working Lands For Wildlife program provides funds for implementing sustainable grazing practices.

USDA recently added North Dakota and South Dakota grasslands to its list of areas that it is targeting for a new working lands conservation program.

The program is called Working Lands for Wildlife and it is designed to help landowners improve grasslands by implementing sustainable grazing practices, doing prescribed burns, restoring wildlife habitat and addressing water quality and quantity needs.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide technical assistance and cover part of the costs of adopting qualified practices.

"Agriculture and wildlife both thrive together through landscape conservation," says Jeff Zimprich, NRCS state conservationist for South Dakota. "We're excited about this opportunity for ag producers to help grassland habitat as well as improve their own operations."

To learn more, contact your local USDA Service Center.

Source: NRCS

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