South Dakota GFP Will Host Landowner Workshops as part of Habitat Pays

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GFP Will Host Landowner Workshops as part of Habitat Pays
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

South Dakota -(  The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) will host four weeks of workshops in Sioux Falls aimed at providing habitat information to interested landowners.

The workshops, titled “Habitat University,” 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. “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 (NRCS), 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,” said Gabbert. “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.”

Online registration is preferred, but not required. Attendees can fill out the form online at The first 20 people to pre-register will receive a copy of the book, “Ringnecked-Pheasants Thriving in South Dakota.”

The workshops will be from 7-9 p.m. CST and held at the GFP Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls on Feb. 18 and 24 and March 3 and 10. For a complete schedule of topics, visit

For more information, contact Andy Gabbert at 605.367.4411.

About Habitat Pays: Habitat Pays is a joint effort between the South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks and Agriculture to connect farmers and ranchers to the appropriate habitat resources and help them implement wildlife habitat where it makes the most sense.

Habitat Pays is designed to provide more information and education to assist landowners in designing, developing and funding habitat on their land; working directly with habitat advisors who possess the knowledge of federal, state and local programs.

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