Using science to guide our work, The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 84,000 acres of prairies, rivers, lakes and wetlands in South Dakota.
Focused on Grasslands
See our Natural Events Calendar for a monthly snapshot of the plants and wildlife found at Conservancy preserves across South Dakota.
With native wildlife species such as bison, bighorn sheep, black-footed ferrets and swift fox, Conata Basin is one of the most complete Great Plains ecosystems in the U.S.
Learn how our partners are testing a new vaccine on prairie dogs to protect them and black-footed ferrets against sylvatic plague.
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In South Dakota’s Conata Basin, The Nature Conservancy is working with partners to save the black-footed ferret—one of North America's most endangered mammals.
Watch this video to see what photographer Michael Forsberg captured on camera while he traveled the Great Plains for three years, documenting what remains of this once-vast ecosystem.