Forestry Policies (South Dakota)

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Place South Dakota

Applies to States or Provinces South Dakota
Name Forestry Policies (South Dakota)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator S.D. Department of Agriculture
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-08-01
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary

Information Source State Assessment:[2].pdf, State Strategy:


South Dakota's forests are managed by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Division. Forests comprise around 1.7 million acres of land in the State. In the 2010 Forest Strategy document, underutilization of woody biomass is identified as a key threat to the industry. The document proposes incentives to public government building project to convert to biomass boilers:

In 2005 the State conducted a feasibility study of biomass fuel for heating schools, using locally sourced forestry residues:

The State's Forestry Division is also working to develop markets for the invasive Eastern Red Cedar, including inventory of forest resources in the surrounding area:

Policy Contact

Contact Name Ray Sowers, Director
Department Department of Agriculture
Division Conservation and Forestry
Address 523 E Capitol Avenue

Place Pierre, South Dakota
Zip/Postal Code 57501-3182
Phone 605.773.3623