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habitat resources and landowner programs

South Dakota hunters and farmers share a passion for the land and a love of tradition. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the secretaries of the South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and the Agriculture (SDDA) announced a new chapter in that shared passion with the Habitat Pays initiative on October 2, 2015.

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 a direct result of Governor Daugaard's 2013 Habitat Summit.

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, landowners can find the right programs to meet their personal habitat and land use goals.

The Habitat Pays website,, focuses on bringing together all habitat and conservation programs available to South Dakota landowners, contact information about habitat advisors and how they can help navigate available habitat programs, landowner testimonies and information about the newly developed Habitat Conservation Fund and Board.

More information on private lands and access programs