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South Dakota Range Management Workshop Set for June 27-29

BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension is partnering with the United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide the 2023 South Dakota Range Management Workshop June 27-29 near Deadwood, South Dakota.

Formerly known as “Range Camp,” the South Dakota Range Management Workshop is a three-day event for natural resource professionals. The information provided during the event will help them collaborate with producers and permittees to sustain and regenerate range resources. This year’s workshop will be at the Sawyer Memorial Trust Property, 11790 Brownsville Road, Deadwood, S.D., 57732. 

This year’s theme is invasive species and will include outside experts discussing topics like invasion ecology, understanding how soil microbiology changes with invasion, and best management practices for introduced and invasive grasses and forbs (a type of forage).

“Staff from local, tribal, state and national agencies, along with anyone else who has an interest in learning about rangeland resources and their management, are encouraged to attend the workshop,” said Krista Ehlert, SDSU Extension Range Specialist. “This will be an excellent opportunity to network with other people who are also working to improve the rangeland resources of South Dakota and the surrounding areas.” 

Collectively, staff from each entity organizing the workshop represent the South Dakota section of the Society for Range Management. Sponsors for the workshop include Pheasants Forever and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Registration is $150. Participants need to register by June 21. To register, visit the South Dakota Rangelands website

From June 26 to June 29, there are hotel block rates in Sturgis for workshop participants. There are 10 rooms at the Days Inn Sturgis for $99 per night by calling 605-206-3077; 10 rooms at the Super 8 in Sturgis for $75 per night at 605-347-4447; or 15 rooms at the Baymont in Sturgis for $129-$159 per night at 605-206-5400. Use “Range Camp” or “Range Workshop” for all hotel blocks.

For more information, contact Krista Ehlert, SDSU Extension Range Specialist; or Matt Scott, United States Forest Service Rangeland Management Specialist, at