Aerial view of a 20-acre wetland restoration project on the Even Farm in Deuel County

South Dakota Wetlands and Uplands Working Together

Deuel County, South Dakota, is home to some of the most productive breeding waterfowl habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region – reason enough for several partners to work with the Even family to restore 32.5 acres of wetlands on their farm. Add upland nesting bird habitat to the mix, and the project was a winner all around. Through a joint effort involving South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks (SDGFP), USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and Pheasants Forever, a water control structure was installed on a previously drained wetland benefiting breeding waterfowl and allowing landowners to cost-effectively restore upland nesting