Encompassing 142,000 acres, Conata Basin is one of North America’s most intact remaining grasslands. The Conservancy has worked with ranchers and other partners to protect habitat in the Basin, which is located south of Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota, for burrowing owls, black-footed ferrets and other wildlife.
Conata Basin is a spectacular expanse of Great Plains grassland, which the Conservancy has helped protect for those who live and work there and for future generations.
Land exchanges between federal agencies and private owners are a bit like solving a Rubik’s Cube.
The Nature Conservancy worked with the U.S. Forest Service and ranchers to consolidate public and private lands for everyone's benefit.
Conata Basin is home to one of North America’s most endangered animals: the black-footed ferret.