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Second Century Habitat Fund Receives Grant for West River Working Lands Program

Sioux Falls, SD —- South Dakota’s Second Century Habitat Fund (SCHF) has been awarded a grant for $150k from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with Conoco Phillips, to restore and protect key bird habitats across South Dakota as well as increase access for hunters. 

“From Alaska to Texas and beyond, these grants will help identify, protect and restore key sites that at-risk bird species depend upon for breeding, stopover and wintering habitat,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. “Located across a variety of habitats and geographies, each of these grants are built around strong voluntary partnerships that create benefits for birds, as well as ranchers, other landowners and rural communities.” 

Second Century Habitat Fund works with the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks as well as a Pheasants Forever biologist to identify marginal acres that are best suited for habitat. Providing the landowner, a competitive price per acre, including the seed cost, to enroll into its Working Lands program. “Landowners have embraced this conservation practice of placing quality habitat where marginal croplands once were. And the Working Lands program has been the perfect fit with over 7,800 acres enrolled in the past three years,” stated SCHF Executive Director, Brian Bashore. 

“We are extremely honored to be awarded this grant by Conoco Phillips. With it, we plan to continue to make a meaningful impact on the future of habitat and conservation in South Dakota,” said Adam Bender, President of Second Century Habitat Fund Board of Directors.  

Conoco Phillips Spirit Grant of $150k, is matched by Second Century Habitat Fund with $150k of privately raised funds and community partners. To contribute to the Second Century Habitat Fund, in order to continue to leverage these type of grants, visit our website at 

About Second Century Habitat Fund, South Dakota

The Second Century Habitat Fund is a nonprofit 501 c3 corporation that works to educate landowners on the importance of grassland to improve pheasant habitat in South Dakota. The Fund is governed by a Board of Directors representing landowners, business owners, pheasant preserve operators, and community leaders across South Dakota.

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