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Rangelands have become increasingly vulnerable to encroachment. Traditional rangeland management has been reactive and has failed to sustain grasslands in the face of woody encroachment.

Funds available to fight woody plant encroachment

HURON, S.D. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) serving South Dakota announces March 8, 2024, as the review date for applications for the Great Plains Grassland Initiative (GPGI), a special funding opportunity in certain locations (see map below) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The GPGI will focus on several areas in SD at the greatest risk for woody plant encroachment. Conservation practices to address this major resource concern are: Prescribed Burning, Prescribed Grazing, and Brush Management as well as other practices to support implementation

“Woody plant encroachment puts pressure on working rangelands by decreasing livestock production and increasing wildfire risk as well as harming grassland biodiversity.” said Tony Sunseri, South Dakota NRCS State Conservationist.

To apply, find and contact your local NRCS Service Center at: www.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/find-a-service-center. For more information on the GPGI in South Dakota, contact Jennifer Wurtz, EQIP Program Coordinator at [email protected] or (605) 352-1225 or Jessica Michalski, Acting Assistant State Conservationist for Programs at [email protected] or (605) 352-1234.

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