The 2008 Farm Bill mandated that each state conduct a comprehensive analysis of its forests. For the last 18 months the Division of Resource Conservation & Forestry, with the help of several partners, has conducted an exhaustive effort to assess South Dakota’s tree and forest resources and compile this information into South Dakota’s State-wide Forest Resource Assessment.
This document is the most comprehensive assessment of South Dakota’s tree and forest resources ever conducted. As such, it provides a unique foundation upon which to develop long-term strategic goals and actions for sustainably managing our state’s rural and community forest resources.
In addition to information about South Dakota’s diverse tree and forest landscapes, the assessment details threats faced by our forests, as well as opportunities for using and improving our forests to provide valuable economic, environmental and social benefits. RC&F has used this assessment, along with extensive stakeholder and public input, to develop a follow-on Strategy that will maximize the effectiveness of current and emerging forestry-related programs.
South Dakota's Forest Action Plan is made up of two documents - the assessment and the strategy.