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Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,505,000
Fund Source

Pheasants Forever (PF) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will cooperate to permanently restore and protect approximately 1397.31 acres as Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) in western and southern Minnesota. All lands acquired through this grant proposal will be owned and managed by the Service as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Recipient
Department of Natural Resources
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,833,000
Fund Source

With these funds we were able to restore, protect, and enhance 24,611 acres of native and restored grassland in Minnesota. Much of this work was done through the DNR Roving Crews, a new program funded with these dollars that has significantly increased the state's habitat management capabilities. In addition to these enhancement activities we were able to enroll acres in the DNR's Native Prairie Bank Easement Program as well as acquire acres for the SNA program.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,416,000
Fund Source

Accomplishments of the appropriation include: i) protection of 3.9 miles of shoreline; ii) modification of 4 lake outlet structures to allow fish passage, benefiting 1,264 acres; iii) enhanced river and stream functions at 15 sites, benefiting over 17 river miles; and iv) enhance 4.5 miles of shoreline habitat on publicly-owned lakeshore.

Recipient
DNR and BWSR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,450,000
Fund Source

The Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) and the Native Prairie Bank (NPB) programs (NPB) are coordinating to accelerate grassland protection efforts. This proposal will enroll 520 RIM acres and 600 NPB acres. Enrollment will focus on Minnesota Prairie Plan identified landscapes.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,791,000
Fund Source

This 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 acres of forestland that contributes to habitat complexes and other high priorities.

Recipient
DNR - Fisheries & Wildlife
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,505,000
Fund Source

Ducks Unlimited and Minnesota DNR Section of Wildlife completed 26 project affecting 7,603 acres, including three wetland restoration projects restoring 97 acres, 18 shallow lake enhancement projects enhancing 7,154 wetland acres, and five fee-title land acquisition projects protecting 352 acres.

Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,050,000
Fund Source

Many of Minnesota's wetlands have been lost and the remainder degraded.  Recent tiling and ditching have accelerated this situation.  Through this proposal, shallow lakes and wetlands will be designed, constructed, and intensively managed to benefit wetland wildlife and Minnesota residents.

Recipient
Pheasants Forever with USFWS
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,280,000
Fund Source

This proposal accelerates the permanent protection of 887 acres of wetlands (353 acres) and grasslands (534 acres) as Waterfowl Production Areas open to public hunting in Minnesota.

Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,350,000
Fund Source

This proposal accelerates the protection of 1,362 acres of prairie grassland, wetland, and other wildlife habitat as State Wildlife Management Areas open to public hunting.

Recipient
Shell Rock River Watershed District
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$700,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,127,000
Fund Source

The Albert Lea Lake Management project replaced the previous Albert Lea Lake fix-crest dam with a 3-in-1 structure that included a rock riffle dam, a lake level management structure, and an electric fish barrier. The benefits from this project include improved aquatic and waterfowl habitat, invasive species management, and improved desirable fish populations.

Recipient
Great River Greening
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$747,000
Fund Source

Through funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund and other leveraged sources, the Anoka Sandplain Partnership restored and enhanced 4,278 acres of oak savanna, prairie, and oak woodland habitat across 11 priority sites.

Recipient
Anoka Conservation District, Isanti County, Great River Greening, Stearns County SWCD
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,190,000
Fund Source

The Anoka Sandplain Partnership (Phase 3) proposal will restore and enhance 2,952 acres of wildlife habitat on priority public lands principally within the Anoka Sandplain Ecological Region within the Metropolitan Urbanizing, Forest-Prairie, and Northern Forest regions.

Recipient
BWSR with Morrison County SWCD
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,200,000
Fund Source

This phase protected, under easement, 946 acres (130% of the goal of 720 acres)  of high quality habitat a for fish, game, and wildlife.

Recipient
Trust for Public Land
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,430,000
Fund Source

Protect approximately 270 acres and restore approximately 50 acres near the Cannon River headwaters, including wetlands, prairies, Big Woods forest, and river & shallow lake shoreline to reverse habitat loss, improve watershed function and provide access.

Recipient
Minnesota Council of Trout Unlimited
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,269,000
Fund Source

In-stream and riparian habitat was enhanced along six reaches of coldwater streams located in existing Aquatic Management Areas. The projects improved habitat for both game and non-game fish and wildlife species uniquely associated with coldwater trout streams and expanded recreational opportunities.

Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,550,000
Fund Source

The Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program will be managed by the Department of Natural Resources to provide competitive matching grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional, state, and national non-profit organizations and government entities.

Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,000,000
Fund Source

The Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program is managed by the Department of Natural Resources to provide competitive matching grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional, state, and national non-profit organizations and government entities.

Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source

Provide continued contract management and customer service to OHF pass-through appropriation recipients. Ensure funds are expended in compliance with appropriation law, state statute, grants policies, and approved accomplishment plans.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
Fund Source
Recipient
Minnesota Land Trust
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$816,000
Fund Source

This program protected 1,330 acres and 30,700 feet of critical shoreline in northeastern Minnesota helping to fulfill the goals of the DNR's Aquatic Management Area program, the State Conservation and Preservation Plan and many others.

Recipient
Three Rivers Park District
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$370,000
Fund Source

The Crow-Hassan Prairie Complex Restoration and Enhancement restored 246 acres of prairie, 28 acres of forest and enhanced 500 acres of prairie within a larger prairie complex totalling 1200 acres.  This is the largest prairie complex in the metro area.  It will provide excellent breeding and nesting habitat for waterfowl, grassland birds, and other wildlife.

Recipient
Dakota County
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,097,000
Fund Source

This project initiates a comprehensive approach to protecting, restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat and water quality by working with willing landowners to establish permanent conservation easements totaling 620 acres along the Vermillion River and including North, Middle and South Creeks, the South Branch and their tributaries; the Cannon River and its primary tributaries within Dakota County (Dutch, Mud, Chub, Darden and Pine Creeks, and Trout Brook); and to acquire permanent easements on 84 acres along Marcott Lake in Inver Grove Heights, Lake Marion in Lakeville, and Chub Lake in Eu

Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,145,000
Fund Source

Our program will coordinate with partners emphasizing Prairie Conservation Plan implementation through fee title acquisition of priority lands for Wildlife Management Areas and Scientific & Natural Areas for public hunting, trapping and compatible uses consistent with the Outdoor Recreation Act.

Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,560,000
Fund Source

We will use a programmatic approach to achieve prioritized aquatic habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement of lakes, trout streams, and rivers across all of the LSOHC planning regions of Minnesota.

Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,530,000
Fund Source

Restoration and Enhancement of Prairie on WMA’s, SNA’s, AMA's and Native Prairie Banks in Minnesota.
Restoration and Enhancement of Bluff Prairies on State Forest Land in Southeast Minnesota.

Recipient
Central Minnesota Initiative Fund
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,040,000
Fund Source

Assess the effectiveness of a range of strategies to prevent introduction of Aquatic Invasive Species in uninfected or minimally impacted lakes in Minnesota through a range of inspection, education and outreach, enforcement, and/or other methods that can be administered locally.

Recipient
Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, MN Land Trust
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,130,000
Fund Source

Approximately 500 acres of critical shoreland and forested parcels in the watersheds of strategic North Central Minnesota lakes will be permanently protected to insure availability of high quality fish habitat to sustain a healthy sport fishery in North Central Minnesota.

Recipient
National Audubon Society
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
Fund Source

Floodplain forest enhancement projects were implemented at 10 sites covering 292 acres along the Mississippi River from Red Wing to the Iowa border.  We completed site preparation; controlled invasive species; planted trees and shrubs using a combination of direct seeding, bare root seedlings and large, potted trees; protected trees from deer and voles; completed post tree planting weed control; and installed willow and cottonwood cuttings.  Outcomes varied by site, ranging from poor to excellent tree seedling survival.    

Recipient
Dakota County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,190,000
Fund Source

This project will protect 135 acres through conservation easement acquisition, restore 178 acres and enhance 157 acres of wildlife habitat within the Vermillion River Focus Area in central Dakota County.

Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
Fund Source

Funding for the commissioner of natural resources to perform or contract for pre-transaction services relating to land acquisition proposals submitted to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council upon the Council’s request, including, but not limited to, appraisals, surveys or title research.

Recipient
Lake Superior Steelhead Association
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,410,000
Fund Source

Degradation to trout habitat in the Knife River Watershed has occurred from past clear-cut forestry practices resulting in uncontrolled beaver colonization. This project will continue work on the West Branch and begin work on other Knife River tributaries. 

Recipient
BWSR and DNR
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$843,000
Fund Source

This program expanded the Little Nokasippi WMA by 147 acres for public outdoor recreation (e.g. hunting, fishing, etc.) and also protected the viability of the WMA into perpetuity through 973 acres of permanent conservation easements. $723,800 of OHF funding leveraged $934,980 of federal National Guard Bureau funding.

Recipient
Ducks Unlimited
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,910,000
Fund Source

Phase 4 of our ongoing Living Lakes program will enhance 4,000 acres of shallow lakes and wetlands for waterfowl in the Prairie, Transition, and Metro Sections in partnership with Minnesota DNR, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other agencies.

Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,290,000
Fund Source

MDNR will implement a programmatic approach to complete prioritized aquatic habitat restoration projects in the Lower St. Louis River Estuary through a partnership between Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and OHF to recover this nationally important fishery and migratory bird corridor.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
Fund Source

This program resulted in permanent protection of three parcels totaling 350 acres. All three parcels are now being managed as Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) by MN DNR. This exceeds the original goal of 319 acres. Acquisition of two other parcels were attempted, but the offers were turned down by the sellers.

Recipient
Legislative Coordinating Commission
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$695,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000
Fund Source

This appropriation is for the administration of the the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

Recipient
Legislative Coordinating Commission
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$570,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$468,000
Fund Source

This appropriation is for the administration of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

Recipient
MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust Inc; Friends of the Mississippi River, Great River Greening, MN Land Trust, Trust for Public Land
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,650,000
Fund Source

Metro Big Rivers Phase 5 will protect in fee title 215 acres, protect in conservation easement 175 acres, and enhance 229 acres of priority habitat within the big rivers corridors in the Metropolitan Urbanizing Area.

Recipient
Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc.
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,397,000
Fund Source

Phase 1 of the Metro Big Rivers Habitat Program protected 194 acres of critical habitat (173 acres by fee title acquisition and 21 acres by conservation easement) and enhanced 357 acres, all in the Metropolitan Urbanizing Area.

Recipient
BWSR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,200,000
Fund Source

This is the fourth request of LSOHC to target riparian buffers for wildlife and clean water using the Reinvest In Minnesota easement program. The Clean Water Fund and OHF will be used together to secure easements and protect buffers.