Nearly $1 million in Michigan Wildlife Habitat Grants announced

Enhancement of large wetland complexes and winter deer complexes, planting of mast-producing food sources and creation of forest openings and oak savanna are just some of the projects that will be funded through this year’s Wildlife Habitat Grants from the DNR.

A variety of conservation organizations, units of government, landowners and nonprofit organizations will share $996,900 in grants for projects to be completed by Sept. 30, 2021.

The successful applicants, counties where habitat projects will take place and grant amounts are:

Audubon Great Lakes (St. Clair), $111,200.
Branch County Conservation District (Branch), $22,100.
Copper Country Chapter of American Woodcock Society (Keweenaw), $16,400.
Ducks Unlimited (Tuscola), $119,400.
Kalamazoo Conservation District (Kalamazoo), $111,500.
Land Ethics, LLC (Kalkaska), $72,900.
Little Traverse Conservancy (Cheboygan), $17,300.
Pheasants Forever (Allegan, Gratiot, Huron, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Saginaw), $149,900.
Ruffed Grouse Society (Cheboygan, Otsego), $151,100.
Springfield Township (Oakland), $86,500.
Sustainable Resources Institute (Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft), $138,600.

The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program started in October 2013 and is funded with a portion of the revenue from hunting and fishing licenses sold each year. The DNR cooperatively administers the grant program through the department’s Wildlife Division and Grants Management Section.

The program’s main objective is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of the DNR Wildlife Division’s strategic plan.

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Questions? Contact Clay Buchanan, 517-614-0918 or Chip Kosloski, 517-284-5965.