Mary Beth Albrechtsen

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) teamed up with the Intermountain West Joint Venture and more than 30 partner organizations to expand the field delivery, science, and communications capacity for the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI).

The partnership, known as the SGI Strategic Watershed Action Team (SWAT), was established with the shared vision of achieving wildlife conservation through sustainable ranching. Through SWAT, partner organizations have hired new range conservationists and wildlife biologists, plus a cultural resources specialist, to help get more Farm Bill conservation on the ground.

Located in critical geographic “pinch points” for conservation delivery, these partner positions are based in NRCS field offices and work under the direction of NRCS staff – assisting landowners one-on-one who  voluntarily chose to participate in SGI. Partner positions are employed by conservation districts, state wildlife and agricultural agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.

Contact Mary Beth Albrechtsen

SGI Strategic Watershed Action Team
Pheasants Forever Range Conservationist
1835 5th Ave S
Belle Fourche, South Dakota  57717
Phone: (605) 892-3368 x129
Fax: (855) 254-6028


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Butte County, South Dakota
  • Fall River County, South Dakota
  • Harding County, South Dakota

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