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$6.3-million Wetland Reserve Program agreement completed

Through this agreement, DU helped restore or enhance 6,800 acres of wetlands and grasslands on 76 different easements.

Unimin, students, partner to improve Minnesota waterfowl habitat

With more than 2,000 acres along the Minnesota River Valley at Unimin’s Ottawa, Minnesota, facility, land management for wildlife has been part of ongoing mining, reclamation, restoration and conservation activities on the property since the 1980s.

DU names Adam DeHaan Director of Development of the Year

Adam DeHaan was named Ducks Unlimited’s 2014-15 Director of Development of the Year for his outstanding efforts as senior director of development for Iowa and Minnesota.

Living Lakes Initiative

Conserving Minnesota and Iowa's wetlands and shallow lakes as vital stepping stones for waterfowl migrating between southern wintering and northern breeding grounds each year.

Habitat Enhancement Under Way at Minnesota's Smith Lake

A new water-control outlet structure on Smith Lake in Wright County allowed Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) managers to begin drawing down lake levels last December. This habitat-enhancement project is a partnership effort between Ducks Unlimited and the Minnesota DNR to improve water-level-management capabilities and habitat conditions for waterfowl and other wildlife.

Policy News 2-51

Minnesota DNR aims for more ducks in sky, celebrates signing of shallow lakes plan with DU; President signs bill outlawing importation of Asian carp; Bill to reinstate enhanced easement incentive goes to President for signature

Contact DU Living Lakes Professionals


How Can I Protect My Shallow Lake?


How Can I Help Protect the Future?

Together, we can save Minnesota and Iowa's natural heritage

Living Lakes Partners

Collaborators and contributors to Living Lakes Initiative restoration projects

What Ducks Like

Attracting waterfowl to shallow-lake habitat

Why Don't Ducks Come to My Lake?

Waterfowl deterrents in shallow-lake habitat

Protecting Shorelines Using Conservation Easements


Enhancement and Management of Lakes and Marshes


Science Behind the Living Lakes Initiative


Shallow Lake and Large Marsh Ecology


Shallow Lake and Large Marsh Restoration


Conservation Easements in Minnesota and Iowa

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