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Backyard Conservation is provided by NRCS.  Learn what conservation practices you can implement at your urban or rural residence!  Practices such as tree planting, mulching, composting and back yard wetland, and more can be found here.  Learn how to build a backyard pond, or build a wildlife habitat in your backyard. 

For Information about the Emerald Ash Borer click here

Fabric Girdling ~

If you have fabric on your tree sites, you need to walk along the site to check each tree or shrub.  If the fabric is too close (girdling) to the tree, it will do harm and can affect the growth of the tree.  An additional slit in the fabric needs to be made to accomodate any new growth.  This should be checked every year until the fabric is no longer viable.  If you do not have time to do this yourself, please contact us, as we do have a service for this.  Also available is a Fabric Ripper for purchase.  This is a great tool to reach under and pull the fabric away from the tree.  The cost is $45 plus tax.


How Windbreaks Work
As wind blows against a windbreak, air pressure builds up on the windward side (the side toward the wind), and large quantities of air move up and over the top or around the ends.

Windbreak Effectiveness
A windbreak’s effectiveness is determined by:

Height, Width, Density, Species Composition, Orientation, Length, and Continuity.

Windbreaks are most effective when oriented at right angles to prevailing winds.


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Field Windbreaks
Windbreaks for Livestock
Windbreak Establishment
Windbreak Maintenance and Renovation
Windbreaks for Wildlife
Windbreaks and Snow Management
Trees and Energy


Call before you dig!  Use South Dakota One Call to locate underground utilities BEFORE you dig. 

Following the One Call procedure works to reduce damages to underground infrastructure, helps to ensure public and worker safety, and protects the integrity of the utility services.

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"The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself."

                      Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937

Contact Information:

Hamlin Conservation District

PO Box 165

Hayti, SD 57241-0165

Phone:  (605) 783-3642 x4

District Board of Supervisors:

Jared Namken, Chairman

Dorene Lemme, Vice-Chair

ames Anderson, Supervisor

Larry Brusse, Supervisor

Danny Limmer, Supervisor

Lenny Saathoff, Advisor

Burton, Tesch, Advisor

District Employees:

Peggy Loomis, District Manager

Alan Swanson, Field Technician

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