Brookings County Chapter

The Brookings County Chapter has tackled some important issues and campaigns since its inception in the early 1990′s, including launching and organizing a city-wide recycling campaign, organizing multiple Earth Day events, working on county zoning issues, and launching the online South Dakota Local Food Co-op in spring of 2010.

The Chapter is currently campaigning to allow citizens of Brookings to raise backyard chickens. If you’re a Brookings County resident and would like to be involved, don’t hesitate to contact Holly Tilton Byrne at 605.697.5204.

CHAPTER NEWS & ACTIONS

  • December Chapter Updates December 3, 2013Check out what our chapters have been up to for the past couple months.   BLACK HILLS CHAPTER The Black Hills Chapter continues to actively oppose Powertech’s proposed uranium mining. Before the second week of the Large Scale Mine permit hearings, the hearing Chair, Rex Hagg, made a public announcement of their decision to postpone the hearings and not make a decision until all of the other permitting agencies either granted/denied their permits. The hearings for Powertech’s water ...
  • Brookings Chapter Screens Mad City Chickens October 23, 2013Screening of Mad City Chickens Sponsored by Brookings County Chapter of Dakota Rural Action   The public is invited to attend a screening of the film Mad City Chickens followed by a discussion featuring chicken owners and others in the urban agriculture movement. The screening and discussion is being held Monday, October 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the upper level of the Brookings Public Library.   Mad City Chickens documents the emerging trend of city residents keeping chickens in their ...
  • Brookings Chicken Study October 15, 2013ACTION ALERT Brookings Residents – Ask your City Council to support backyard chickens     The Brookings County Chapter is hard at work on a campaign to change the Brookings city ordinance pertaining to backyard chickens. Recently the Brookings Sustainability Committee gave the City Council an excellent recommendation for a new ordinance, and the Planning and Zoning Committee gave a not so excellent one.   On Tuesday, November 19th the City Council will be holding a study session to research the ...
  • Brookings Chicken Recommendation Passes 1st Hoop September 7, 2013ACTION ALERT Thank the Brookings Sustainability Committee for their Strong Recommendation Today the Brookings Sustainability Council voted in favor of a backyard chicken recommendation for the City Council. If passed, their recommendation would allow Brookings residents to raise up to six hens. The recommendation also included several of the goals outlined by the Brookings County Chapter members, including a 25 foot setback and banning roosters.   Please take a moment to thank the council members for taking a step ...
  • Urban Chicken Recommendation Vote in Brookings September 3, 2013ACTION ALERT Brookings County Members: Tell the Brookings Sustainability Council to Recommend a Safe and Unobtrusive Chicken Ordinance     The Brookings County Chapter is hard at work on a campaign to change the Brookings city ordinance pertaining to backyard chickens. In June, the Brookings City Council requested a recommendation from the Brookings Sustainability Committee regarding this issue. The Sustainability Committee allowed DRA to participate in their recommendation process, and listened to the input given by our members.   On Friday, ...

 

BACKYARD CHICKENS FACT SHEET

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