The thirteen members of the South Dakota Pheasant Habitat Work Group gathered for their initial meeting last Friday in Pierre.
The work group is comprised of members selected by Gov. Dennis Daugaard after December’s Pheasant Habitat Summit and consists of sportsmen, landowners, leading conservation and agriculture academics, legislators and government officials.
The groups charge is to identify ways to improve pheasant habitat that are compatible with agricultural production in the state.
“I am very happy with the progress we made during this first meeting,” said Work Group Chairwoman Pam Roberts. “The amount of input we received from the public before, during and after the Habitat Summit shows how important this issue is to South Dakotan’s and our visitors.”
Work group members reviewed the hundreds of comments, ideas and suggestions to improve pheasant habitat and pheasant populations.
“People are passionate about pheasants in South Dakota,” said Roberts. “Everyone wants their ideas and voice to be heard. It is our job to try and find feasible and effective solutions and this list is a good start.”
The group will meet again in early April and will deliver a report of their work to Gov. Daugaard this summer.
- Anthony Hauck is Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor. Email Anthony at AHauck@pheasantsforever.org and follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauckPF.