18,000 native trees and shrubs were planted on two sites within the Rifle Lake Wildlife Habitat located on Public Game, Fish and Parks land in Sanborn County, South Dakota. One site was a prairie pothole and the other was a shallow lake, both of which were surrounded by upland prairie. Few trees or shrubs were growing in the area at the time of planting, but it was deemed that planting would be appropriate. This project was managed by the Sanborn County Conservation District to improve the habitat for a variety of birds and other wildlife species. Tree will provide protection from wind, nesting habitat and food sources for wildlife. This project will also encourage the promotion of good forest practices for private landowners through promotional tours and information sources such as a newsletter. This project was also made possible by the Sanborn County Commissioners, Lower James RC&D, SD Game Fish & Parks, James River Restoration, SD Game & Fish Foundation and the Division of Forestry.
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