“Adopt-A-Buffalo” Land Stewardship Assessment

In an effort to better assess, monitor and document the impact of families reclaiming their legally allotted lands on the Pine Ridge Reservation, we have started a GIS-based land stewardship survey. Field teams are recording data on plant type and quantity, as well as the density of prairie dog mounds in a pre-defined area around randomly selected sample sites (below). Sample locations were generated on project sites using a GIS-based random point generator and aerial photos (below). Plastic rings are used to standardize the collection of data on grasses in each sample location. The results of this study will help Lakota land owners better assess, monitor and evaluate the impact of their management decisions. If you or your school would like to participate in this survey please contact David Bartecchi at Village Earth (970) 491-8307 or [email protected]