The intent of this publication is to serve as a general guide to South Dakota landowners who are considering or who have allowed energy or other industrial development on their property and includes guidance on avoidance, pre-contract negotiations, and post-disturbance restoration or reclamation. Guidance includes common native species suggestions that are generally suitable for most areas of South Dakota. Local adjustments to common native species may be necessary. Landowners should seek additional guidance on specific varieties of plants from local rangeland, habitat, or restoration professionals.
Best Management Practices Guide for Restoration of Native Grasslands and Sensitive Sites Resulting from Energy or Industrial Development
Noxious weed control is often a long-term process. In some cases, chemical application may be deemed necessary, but it should always be considered in the context of appropriate management and an integrated best management framework.
With dry and drought conditions in the late summer and fall, crops dry down rapidly and harvest starts early. The climate outlook may be favorable for an uninterrupted run at harvest. However, the risk of fires during harvest is always a concern for farmers.
September 18, 2020
Recent energy development projects have impacted several regions of South Dakota with disturbance to native soils.