Accelerated Forest Wildlife Habitat Program

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Recipient Type: 
State Government
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2010
End Date: 
June 2015
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition, Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected: 
Aitkin, Beltrami, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Pine, Rice, St. Louis, Winona
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2010, Ch. 361, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd 3(d)
Appropriation Language 

$1,791,000 in fiscal year 2011 is to the commissioner of natural resources for acceleration of agency programs to acquire, in fee, land for state forests and restore and enhance state forest habitat. A list of projects including proposed fee title acquisitions and restorations and enhancements must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. All restorations must comply with subdivision 9, paragraph (b).

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Administration costs: 
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Protect in fee 404 acres and enhance 4,668 of forests

Source of Additional Funds: 

Wildlife Management Institute, Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration, Federal Grant for State Wildlife

Project Overview

Our program will increase populations of a variety of game and non-game wildlife species by protecting and enhancing forest habitats on which wildlife depends. This program of on-the-ground forest conservation projects will amplify the wildlife value of forest communities on DNR administered forestlands.
Our forest enhancement will treat 4,472 ac. These activities are not conducted as part of the DNR’s commercial timber operations. Additionally, our program will acquire 404 ac of forestland that contributes to habitat complexes and other high priorities. Acquisitions focus on forestland for public hunting, and compatible outdoor uses.
At a reduced level of funding, we are focusing on management activities that will maximize wildlife habitat outcomes, especially prescribed burning, hand release, and shearing/mowing. Our program will enhance oak and create a mix of young hardwood forest with more open meadow/brush lands to benefit grouse, elk, and deer. Forest opening creation/enhancement will increase nut and berry production, provide roosting/display areas, and create feeding areas for moose, deer, ruffed grouse, woodcock, and bear. Shearing of trees and brush in large open landscape priority areas will benefit sharp-tailed grouse. Shearing and mowing of hardwoods and brush in smaller patches will benefit woodcock and deer.
Our program will benefit a number of nongame species, including yellow rails, sandhill cranes, northern harriers, bobolinks, and upland sandpipers. Activities that create/enhance forest openings will provide habitat for nongame species, including least chipmunks, northern flickers, coopers hawks, and song sparrows. The less intensive timber management in our program will help protect rare native plant communities and a number of nongame species through retention and enhancement of plant species diversity and structure.

Project Details

Project Manager

DNR - Fish and Wildlife
500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul
(651) 259-5190