Northeastern Minnesota Sharp-Tailed Grouse Habitat

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Minnesota Sharp-tailed Grouse Society
Recipient Type: 
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2010
End Date: 
June 2015
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition, Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected: 
Aitkin, Kanabec
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2010, Ch. 361, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 3(e)
Appropriation Language 

$1,559,000 in fiscal year 2011 is to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Pheasants Forever to acquire interests in land, and to restore and enhance habitat for sharp-tailed grouse in Kanabec, Aitkin, and St. Louis Counties in cooperation with the Minnesota Sharp-Tailed Grouse Society. A list of proposed acquisitions and a list of proposed restorations and enhancements must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The commissioner of natural resources must agree in writing to each acquisition of interest in land, restoration project, and enhancement project. All restorations must comply with subdivision 9, paragraph (b).

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
not reported
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Restore 250 acres, Protect 1565 acres, and Enhance 1314 acres of habitat

Source of Additional Funds: 

MSGS, PF chapters, MWA - Hill River, RGS - State, MDHA, CLC Natural Resource Club

Project Overview

This program will protect, enhance and restore up to 1,419.7 acres of open and brushland habitat and 145 acres of forest habitat in northeastern Minnesota, provide access to additional public lands for recreation, provide multiple environmental benefits, and benefit sharp-tailed grouse and other open and brushland species in greatest conservation need (several of which are state listed as endangered, threatened or special concern) by pursuing acquisitions in Kanabec and Aitkin counties.

Project Details

Project Manager

Minnesota Sharp-tailed Grouse Society
1783 Buerkle Circle
St. Paul
(651) 209-4919