Sioux Falls, SD —- South Dakota’s Second Century Habitat Fund (SCHF) in partnership with South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) have partnered together to raise awareness and financial needs, for the devastating effects the winter of 2022/23 has done to South Dakota’s Wildlife across the state.
South Dakota was stricken with heavy snowfall and record-setting temperatures during the winter of 2022/23. These heavy snow falls in excess of two feet and, temperatures reaching in excess of negative 50 degrees are the harshest conditions put on South Dakota’s wildlife. As resilient as wildlife is, conditions such as these are nearly impossible to survive without the proper cover and accessible food sources. Due to the deep snow cover, much of South Dakota’s quality habitat has become unusable, and food sources have been covered up for months making it extremely difficult for the wildlife that was able to make it through the initial storms to survive the remaining winter months.
“Quality habitat is the key ingredient for abundant wildlife populations, especially during severe winters,” said Kevin Robling, GFP Secretary. “The availability of woody habitat, food plots, and other thermal cover are essential for wildlife in harsh winters and greatly influence overwinters survival.”
“This winter has been brutal across the state and if we want thousands of South Dakotans and non-residents alike to enjoy pheasant hunting in the fall, we’ve got to make sure we take care of these birds during tough winters. Proper cover and accessible food sources, especially in the late winter months are paramount for wildlife survival” said SCHF President Adam Bender.
Second Century Habitat Fund Inc. estimates providing up to $300,000 in project cost for the campaign. SCHF will be putting forward $100,000 to start the initiative, and them match up to $100,000 of private donor contributions in 2023. If you would like to support this initiative and are looking to make a significant impact on South Dakota’s wildlife you can make contributions at Second Century Habitat Fund Winter Initiative Donations over $50 will receive a Limited-Edition Second Century Habitat Fund hat.
About Second Century Habitat Fund, South Dakota
The Second Century Habitat Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) 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.