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NewsAugust 08 2018

Posted by Lucy

Kennebec Fire Department receives donation 
  
The First Iowa Division of NARCOA arranges railroad motorcar excursion of short lines throughout the United States and Canada.  An excursion was held over the weekend of July 28th and 29th on the Dakota Southern.  FID typically makes a donation to the railroad for the use of their track. The Dakota Southern offered instead to have the donation made to a charitable group in the towns served by the railroad.  Organizations in White Lake and Kennebec were selected to receive the donations this year. The Kennebec Volunteer Fire Department was selected as the recipient of the west river donation. Pictured above l-r: Dave Voeltz, Chair of Iowa First Division and Lynn Eckmann of the Dakota Southern, are shown presenting a $350 check to Don Manger and Chaz Bowar of the Kennebec Volunteer Fire Department in memory of the late Fire Chief, Donny Manger.

NewsAugust 08 2018

NRCS announces aid for Land/Crops damaged by excessive rains/storms

Posted by Lucy

NRCS announces aid for Land/Crops damaged by excessive rains/storms
 
  NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE, HURON, SD. - Help for farmers and ranchers with land damaged by excessive rains or severe storms, such as from hail or flooding, is now available through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) serving South Dakota, announces Jeff Zimprich, State Conservationist for the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Huron, SD.  
  "Many agriculture producers across South Dakota are increasingly incorporating cover crops to their operation," says Zimprich. "We see these recent unfortunate excessive rain or severe storm damage as an opportunity for NRCS to help farmers and ranchers to try cover crops through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)." 
  "We are making funds available for those affected areas of South Dakota. The sign-up for damaged land and/or crops is open now," Zimprich says. "Through the EQIP, we are offering assistance for producers for cover crops to provide protection to the soil for the remainder of the season, plus any practice that is needed to deal with soil erosion caused by heavy rains or flooding." 
  "Our local NRCS field employees are ready to help people with their resource concerns. Affected ag operators should contact their servicing office right away and must apply before August 24, 2018 to be considered," says Zimprich.  "To speed the assistance process, we will hold weekly batching periods ending each Friday starting July 20 with a final batching date in August."

NewsAugust 01 2018

Red Nights Motorcycle Club host poker run

Posted by Lucy

Red Nights Motorcycle Club host poker run 
 
The SD Red Nights Chapter 1 Motorcycle Club along with the Wind and Fire Motorcycle Club hosted the Donald “Donny” Manger Memorial Poker Run Saturday, July 28. The poker run started at the Pierre Fire Station #1 with the last stop at the Presho Fire Hall. All proceeds were given to the family of Donny and Sheila Manger. Cory LaFave, Red Nights Motorcycle Club Member, presented the funds and poster to Maddie, Brandon and Katelyn Manger. A brick was purchased by the Badlands District for the Walk of Honor in the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Park in Washington DC. The brick will read “In memory of Chief Donny Manger, Presho, SD, VFD, Served 1985-2017”. The ceremony will take place October 5 & 6, 2018.

NewsAugust 01 2018

Community-based Habitat Access Program goes Live in Lyman/Brule counties

Posted by Lucy

Community-based Habitat Access Program goes Live in Lyman/Brule counties 
 
By Jessica Downey
 
   Main street. Local landowners. Productive habitat. Access. Hunting stories that last forever. 
   Exciting things are happening in our backyard. The first Brule/Lyman County Community Based Habitat Access Program (CBHAP) contract was recently signed in Lyman County by landowner Mary Lou Gilman, who stated “This is just great, that a program like this exists to help landowners and hunters alike.”  
   Something this big only comes around once in a lifetime within our local communities. The local Brule and Lyman County Pheasants Forever chapters are hoping to improve our public hunting access programs. We are emphasizing higher quality habitat and enrolling these quality-based acres with accessibility to the public.  
   The Community-based Habitat Access Program – a South Dakota initiative - was started in January 2016 by the Aberdeen Pheasant Coalition to raise $100,000 to provide a sign-up incentive for landowners enrolling in three programs; USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), SD Game, Fish and Park’s Walk-in Area program and the new CBHAP with Pheasants Forever, making it the perfect trifecta. 
   This type partnership has been proven to work by The Aberdeen Pheasant Coalition, who added a substantial 14 GFP Walk-In Areas totaling over 1,400 acres of quality public hunting for Brown County. Following this framework, Pheasant Country, the Mitchell PF chapter, embarked on improving their habitat, public access, and helping local businesses and landowners by announcing $150,000 to go towards the CBHAP. 
   Brule and Lyman Co. PF chapters are hoping to follow these success stories with one of their own. Our pledge is to raise $50,000 to further incentivize local landowners to enroll acreages into public hunting programs. Currently, the chapters have raised enough to enroll 600 acres for prime hunting, but more can be done. The goal is to enroll 2,000 acres for public hunting in both Brule and Lyman County through the Community-based Habitat Access Program. 
   What does Community-based mean? Pheasants Forever, the national nonprofit organization, and the Brule/Lyman County chapters hope local businesses and individuals will contribute funding to the program as well. 
   Mike Stephenson, South Dakota’s previous regional representative for PF said “Pheasant hunting is such an economic driver in our communities, there’s no question there. Our local towns have gained a lot from nonresidents coming into their communities. We’re hoping they give back, so these local businesses can continue to thrive.”  
   Recently all pieces came together, joined by our local NRCS Soil Conservationist Jason Muldoon, GFP Conservation Officer Spencer Downey, and Farm Bill Biologists Jessica Downey and Nick Goehring. 156 acres of prime pheasant habitat were enrolled into CRP, GFP’s Walk-In Area program, and the Brule/Lyman County CBHAP to kickstart our local movement. These additional acres provide more habitat for pheasants and wildlife, which in turn will bring more nonresident hunters into the area boosting the local economy. Just in time as we begin seeing pheasant broods along our gravel roads.  
   Not only is this community-based habitat access program great for the health of our land,” said Spencer Downey, “it’s empowering our local community, businesses, and landowners economically, all the while, giving more public access for hunting around us. Plus, it showcases how great partnerships can come together to benefit main street.” 
   The program is pretty simplistic. When new CRP acres are available, and a landowner wants to enroll their property in the Walk-In Area program they can contact Jessica Downey for Lyman County or Goehring for Brule County.  
   The landowner receives payment for enrolling in CRP from the Farm Service Agency based off soil quality and county location. Then, South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks offers $1 per acre, per year, for hunter access plus $5 per acre, per year, of permanent habitat for the 10 years it is in contract. GF&P also offers a one-time payment of $25 per acre for CRP acres signed into the program. 
   Now, because of the funding put forth from Brule and Lyman PF Chapters, landowners will get an additional $25 per acre sign-up incentive as a one-time payment at the beginning of the contract. Downey and Goehring, Pheasants Forever and Brule /Lyman County CBHAP will soon be working to reach out to businesses in the region to gauge their interest in adding to the funding source. 
   For landowners interested in the program and local businesses wishing to help contribute back to their main street by helping us reach our goal, please contact Downey at 605-869-2216 ext. 3 or by email at jdowney@pheasantsforever.org for Lyman County or reach out to Goehring at 605-216-4390 or by email at ngoehring©pheasantsforever.org for Brule County.
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