I am pleased that Rock Hills Ranch, Lowry, S.D., is the 2014 Leopold Conservation Award winner in South Dakota. Lyle and Garnet Perman and their son, Luke, and his wife, Naomi, certainly deserve the award. They are working, not to just sustain what they have on the ranch now, but also to bring back the native grassland to what it once was.
I visited their ranch last year and published three different articles in the Dakota Famer about their ranch:
Working together (Jan. 2014, page…