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Private Lands Habitat and Access Strategic Plan

Since approximately 80% of the state's land base is under private ownership, private landowners serve as the stewards with the most influence over wildlife habitat conditions for wildlife populations. Dating back to the mid-1970's, SD GFP has offered voluntary private land habitat programs to cooperating landowners, if they desire to establish and enhance wildlife habitat. GFP has developed this strategic plan to serve as an adaptive document to guide our efforts to manage habitat and provide public access to private land.

Habitat and Access Programs for landowners

Wildlife Damage Management

GFP employs over 20 Wildlife Damage Specialists (WDS) within its Wildlife Damage Management Program. Some of the WDS's time is spent conducting educational programs on sport trapping as a form of recreation and its importance in the management of furbearers. Programs can be given in classrooms, meeting halls, summer camps, or any other group meeting place. Please contact your local WDS or call your local GFP office for assistance.

Read the Landowners Matter newsletter

See the current issue of Landowners Matter, or sign up to receive it by e-mail. This newsletter covers programs and projects pertinent to private landowners as we work cooperatively on wildlife management issues. Sent 3-4 times per year.