Working Lands

Prairie Management Toolbox Program

Sharp-tailed Grouse Photo: J. Arthur Anderson/Audubon

The Prairie Management Toolbox provides technical and financial assistance to producers interested in improving grassland habitat and forage quality. The goal is to increase the resiliency and biodiversity of existing grassland acres for the benefit of grassland birds and wildlife. Audubon collaborates with enrolled producers to develop a habitat management plan to outline management priorities and strategies to achieve habitat goals. Technical assistance includes resource surveys conducted by Audubon to evaluate management goals related to increasing native plant, bird, and pollinator diversity.

All enrolled acres will have 10-year term protection established. 

Funding in North Dakota is provided by the North Dakota Industrial Commision’s Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF), and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation supports PMT across South Dakota.  

Available Cost-Share Options through the Prairie Management Toolbox: 

North Dakota 

  60% Cost-share for grazing infrastructure
(perimeter fencing, cross-fencing, and livestock water development)
90% Cost-share for invasive woody species removal 100% Cost-share for grassland seeding rejuvenation (small sites prioritized)

Grand Forks Area

(Eddy, Foster, Grand Forks and Nelson Counties)


Central Coteau

(Burleigh, Sheridan, McLean Counties)


Stutsman County


Red River Valley

(Cavalier, Pembina, Ramsey, Walsh, Nelson, Grand Forks, Griggs, Steele, Traill, Barnes, Cass, Lamoure, Ransom, Dickey, Sargent, and Richland)

South Dakota 

Statewide: 60% cost-share for grazing infrastructure (perimeter + cross fencing, pipeline, etc.), 60% cost-share for prairie restoration, 60% cost-share for prescribed fire. 


Contact Information:

North Dakota
Central Coteau and Stutsman County Toolbox Projects
Charli Kohler | Range Ecologist 

Grand Forks Area and Red River Valley Toolbox Projects and Conservation Forage Program
Juli Bosmoe | Range Ecologist 

South Dakota
Audubon Conservation Ranching and Prairie Management Toolbox Projects
Eastern South Dakota
Josh Lefers | Working Lands Programs Manager 

Western South Dakota
Cody Grewing | Range Ecologist

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