A Joint Column by Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler and Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch
Pierre, SD -(AmmoLand.com)- The rural areas of South Dakota have a lot to offer both residents and visitors from other states and around the world. We enjoy clean air, plentiful water sources and a quality of living envied by many. These things don’t happen by accident.
This past year, your departments of Game, Fish and Parks and Agriculture have been collaborating on the Habitat Pays initiative. Habitat Pays showcases tools currently available to landowners to assist them in determining the best use of their acres, whether it be acres in production agriculture, pasture or habitat. A balanced combination of all of these uses can increase healthy soils, water quality and habitat for a variety of species in our state.
The mission of both departments includes the desire to conserve and protect our state’s valuable resources. Landowners want to maximize their land’s financial potential, but they also share the desire to conserve and protect the land that provides their livelihood.