“To promote good stewardship of grasslands through sustainable and profitable management.”
“Conserve and enhance grasslands by educating grassland managers to adopt sustainable and profitable management.”
What’s so great about grass?
Our organization supports good stewardship of native grasslands through education and producer involvement…
Healthy grasslands have diverse native grasses and forbs as well as healthy living soil…
Healthy grasslands support abundant and diverse wildlife ecosystems and healthy watersheds…
Diversifying land use and making land use more profitable while increasing the health of the ecosystem is the best way to preserve our rural communities…
Achieving our Mission and Goals
Three principals underlie the Coalition’s mission and goals.
Become a member of the South Dakota Grassland Coalition and help us share our mission to improve stewardship of grasslands through sustainable and profitable management. If you are interested in a big picture understanding of what grassland management does for the environment, practical education, improved forage production and profitability, you would benefit from joining us!
News from the South Dakota Grassland Coalition.
Temperate grassland ecosystems are the least protected biomes on the planet. Worldwide, these important habitats are being lost at an alarming rate due to a number of factors that include the production of food and fuel for a growing human population. Their decline is having a significant impact on species such as grassland birds, and the ecosystem services these grasslands provide—ranging from carbon sequestration to water infiltration—are also being highly affected.
The Plowprint Report has been developed to broaden public awareness of grasslands loss, and to offer a consistent way for the conservation community to track year-to-year grassland conversion to cropland across the focal regions of the Mississippi River Basin and Great Plains. This report will be released on an annual basis.
Over the past few centuries the majority of the tallgrass prairie in the eastern portion of the study region has vanished to make room for crops such as corn and soy. The central and western portions of the region—the Great Plains—have seen less conversion overall, but still only half of their grasslands remains intact. Since 2009, over 53 million acres of grassland—an area the size of Kansas—have been converted to cropland across the Great Plains. In 2015-2016 alone, 2.5 million acres of the Great Plains were lost to plow-up for crop production. World Wildlife Fund is striving to slow the rate of conversion through partnerships with local landowners such as ranchers and tribal communities, and by working with decision makers to ensure the success of grassland-friendly policies.
SD Grassland Coalition
221 N. Main
Presho, South Dakota 57568