During this present winter season, distinct portions of South Dakota have borne witness to the receipt of numerous feet of snowfall as well as the braving of bitterly cold temperatures, plunging to as low as negative 50 degrees. In light of these meteorological phenomena, a significant amount of the state’s high-quality animal habitat has become inaccessible, thereby rendering food sources difficult for wildlife to attain.
In response to this situation, the Second Century Habitat Fund of South Dakota, in association with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks department, are mobilizing financial resources to counteract these adverse effects. The Second Century Habitat Fund Inc. has projected an outlay of up to $300,000 to defray the costs of this campaign, whereupon an initial $100,000 will be disbursed by the Fund to inaugurate the initiative. Subsequently, the Second Century Habitat Fund will proceed to match up to $100,000 in private donor contributions in the year 2023.
According to the Secretary of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, Kevin Robling, the key ingredient for fostering prolific wildlife populations, especially in severe winter conditions, is the availability of quality habitat. To this end, he has underscored the importance of providing woody habitat, food plots, and other forms of thermal cover that are essential for the survival of wildlife during harsh winters, with such factors exerting a significant influence on their overall chances of weathering the winter months successfully.
To lend your support to this worthy cause, kindly make contributions via the Second Century Habitat Fund Winter Initiative website. A Limited-Edition Second Century Habitat Fund hat shall be made available as a token of appreciation to donors who have contributed in excess of $50.