The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will restore or enhance habitat to facilitate fish passage, restore degraded streams, and enhance habitat critical to fish and other aquatic life. Projects are prioritized based on ecological benefit, urgency, feasibility, and stakeholder support.
This Phase 5 request for Ducks Unlimited's Living Lakes program will enhance 2,000 acres of shallow lakes and restore 50 acres of small wetlands by engineering and installing water control structures for Minnesota DNR and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on public lands and wetlands under easement. Structures will be used by DNR and Service partners to restore wetland hydrology and actively manage shallow lake water levels to enhance their ecology for ducks, other birds, and hunters in the Prairie Region of Minnesota.
MNDNR's St. Louis River Restoration Initiative (SLRRI) is partnered with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The SLRRI integrates with the Great Lakes Area of Concern Program to achieve habitat outcomes to establish the estuary as a premier fishing and outdoor recreation destination. The objective is to restore more than 1,700 acres of priority habitats to accelerate achievable and sustainable increases in fish and wildlife populations. In Phase 4, MNDNR will restore approximately 192 acres of aquatic habitat in direct partnership with Minnesota Land Trust.
Minnesota Trout Unlimited will enhance and restore habitat for fish and wildlife in and along priority coldwater streams located on existing Aquatic Management Areas and public lands around the state. Accelerating habitat work to reduce the backlog of degraded streams is urgent given the increasing threats to these scarce coldwater fisheries. Population outcomes will be maximized by improving the connectivity of habitat and fish and wildlife populations, and building upon earlier work on adjacent stream segments.