"This project will conserve our vanishing prairie for wildlife, ranchers and the general public," said Jim Ringelman, DU director of conservation programs for North and South Dakota.
"It keeps the land in private ownership, using voluntary easements while maintaining farmland used for grazing and haying."
says, with a waiting list of more than 600 willing landowners in the Dakotas, there is no shortage of interest in ranchers wanting to sell conservation easements.
"The real limiting factor is the funding," he
says native prairie and wetlands help South Dakota's economy with beef production and tourism dependent on these two resources.
"Cattle producers are critical to protecting the prairie landscape," he