To recognize individuals for their conservation efforts, the South Dakota Grassland Coalition has established the "Friend of the Prairie" award. This award recognizes those working in public roles to ensure stewardship of the state's natural resources through sustainable and profitable management. The awardees are given a framed display featuring the pasque flower and western wheatgrass, the state flower and grass of South Dakota.
2016 Friend of the Prairie Award, Rod Baumberger and Dave Steffen
2015 Friend of the Prairie Award, Codi Vallery-Mills and Kindra Gordon
2014 Friend of the Prairie Award, U.S. Representative Kristi Noem, U.S. Senator John Thune, and U.S. Senator Tim Johnson