Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Dakota
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Dakota Project


Human Dimensiosn of Habitat Loss in the Plains & Prairie Pothole Region

August 2014 - August 2018


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • US Fish and Wildlfie Service - Plains and Prairie Pothole Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Plains & Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PPP-LCC) identified habitat loss (factors influencing land use and land conversion) as a key research need because this grassland-wetland ecosystem provides essential habitat for an array of wildlife, especially waterfowl. Research has identified temperate grasslands are one of the most threatened biomes worldwide, with the greatest threat being conversion to annual crop production. This project was funded by the Fish and Wildlife Service. Having an understanding of how private landowners respond to economic incentives/pressures and other driving forces behind decisions about farming/ranching practices may identify strategies to reduce habitat loss in the plains and prairie pothole region. For example, how a farmer/rancher sees their role and responsibilities related to the environment may play a significant role in decision making.

Research Publications Publication Date
Sweikert, L.A., and L.M. Gigliotti. 2018. A values-based landowner typology to improve grassland conservation initiatives. Society & Natural Resources, 32(2):167-183. 2018-12-31
Presentations Presentation Date
Gigliotti, L. M. and L. A. Sweikert. 2018. Human dimensions of habitat loss in the Plains and Prairie Pothole Region. Iowa Wildlife Bureau Statewide Meeting. Honey Creek State Park Lodge, Moravia, IA. March 6. 2018-03-06
Gigliotti, L. M. and L. A. Sweikert. 2018. Understanding Montana landowners’ values, attitudes and behaviors towards wildlife and wildlife habitat. 56th Annual Conference of the Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Butte, MT. February 23. 2018-02-23
Gigliotti, L.M. & Sweikert, L.A. 2017. Human dimensions of habitat loss in the Plains and Prairie Pothole region: North Dakota landowner survey results. North Dakota Action Group Meeting, Bismarck, ND 2017-04-28
Gigliotti, L.M., & Sweikert, L.A. 2016. Human dimensions of habitat loss in the Plains & Prairie Pothole Ecoregions: A project update. 76th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. 2016-01-26
Gigliotti, L.M., and L.A. Sweikert. 2017. Understanding Iowa landowners' values, attitudes, and behaviors towards wildlife and wildlife habitat. Paper presented at The Wildlife Society 24th Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM, September 25, 2017. 2017-09-25
Gigliotti, L.M., and L.A. Sweikert. 2017. Values and behaviors of landowners in the upper Midwest. Paper presented at the Pathways Conference 2017. Estes Park, CO. September 18, 2017. 2017-09-18
Gigliotti, L.M., and L.A. Sweikert. Wildlife Value Orientations of Farmers/Ranchers in the Plains and Prairie Pothole Landscape Conservation Cooperative. 22nd International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, 25 June 2016. (PRESENTED) 2016-06-25
Sweikert, L.A. and Gigliotti, L.M. 2016. Conserving the Plains and Prairie Pothole Ecoregions: A land relations scale. The Wildlife Society South Dakota Chapter Annual meeting, Oacoma, SD. 2016-03-01
Sweikert, L.A., and Gigliotti, L.M. 2016. Conserving the Plains and Prairie Pothole Ecoregions: A land relations scale. 76th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. 2016-01-26
Sweikert, L.A., and L.M. Gigliotti. 2017. Comparing tools for understanding land use decisions. Paper presented at the Pathways Conference 2017. Estes Park, CO. September 18, 2017. 2017-09-18
Sweikert, L.A., and L.M. Gigliotti. 2017. Conserving the Plains and Prairie Pothole Eco-region: Using an easy way to understand landowners' decisions. Paper presented at THE Wildlife Society 24th Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. September 25, 2017. 2017-09-25
Sweikert, L.A., and L.M. Gigliotti. 2017. Saving the grasslands: Using social science to inform Farm Bill Conservation Programs. U.S. - International Association for Landscape Ecology 2017 Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. (April 10, 2017) 2017-04-10
Sweikert, L.A., and L.M. Gigliotti. Conserving the Great Plains: A land use value scale. 22nd International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, 25 June 2016. 2016-06-25
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Sweikert, Lily, A. 2017. Human dimensions of habitat loss in the Plains and Prairie Pothole Ecoregion. Ph.D. Dissertation. South Dakota State university. 2017-08-31