Ten acres of native prairie grasses were planted in spring ’07 at the entrance of Cemstone’s Sachs Pit in Farmington, which sits near the banks of the Vermillion River – a designated trout stream. The extensive root structures of prairie species will prevent erosion and sedimentation of the river.
The restoration project is a partnership effort between Cemstone and the Dakota Ringnecks chapter of Pheasants Forever – with volunteer help from local farmers. The project includes a food plot to increase habitat for wildlife at the site, which presently includes waterfowl, coyotes, mourning doves and a bald eagle. Cemstone and the Dakota Ringnecks are exploring the expansion of this model project to other sites.