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US Fish & Wildlife Hosting Public Meetings on Major Grassland Proposal

December 14, 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing the creation of the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area, a massive grassland conservation effort in the Prairie Pothole region spanning the Dakotas and part of Montana.

Map of proposed Dakota Grassland Conservation Area
That isn’t Florida. It’s the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s bigger than Florida. Click image to enlarge.

The basic plan: preserve 240,000 acres of wetlands and 1.7 million acres of grassland across the region by purchasing easements from landowners.

The USFWS is holding three public meetings across the region to discuss their plans and get public input. One meeting is taking place here in South Dakota: Thursday, December 16, 2010, in dowtown Huron at the Crossroads Hotel, 100 4th St. SW.

Learn more: check out this handy PDF fact sheet from USFWS.

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