Moose Habitat Restoration in Northeastern Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
U of MN - Duluth NRRI
Recipient Type
Public College/University
In Progress
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2016
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chp. 52, Sec. 2, Subd. 04g
Appropriation Language

$200,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the Natural Resources Research Institute to develop best practices guidelines for creating moose foraging habitat efficiently and cost-effectively. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Description of Funds
Project Overview

Moose, one of Minnesota’s most iconic wildlife species, are dying at increasingly higher rates in Minnesota and there is uncertainty as to why. Estimates suggest the population declined 35 percent just between 2012 to 2013, and projections suggest moose could be nearly gone from the state by 2020 if this trend is not halted and, ideally, reversed. Scientists at the University of Minnesota are using this appropriation to identify appropriate management and habitat needs and the sorts of actions that can be implemented to help slow or prevent continued population declines amongst Minnesota’s moose populations. The project is a continuation and expansion of work completed and underway by two other past Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund supported projects on determining the cause for the increasing mortality.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
U of MN - Duluth NRRI
Street Address
5013 Miller Trunk Hwy
Zip Code
(218) 788-2694