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Enhancement Project Under Way on Minnesota's 50th Wildlife Management Lake

In September 2014, Ducks Unlimited joined the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other partners to celebrate the designation of 409-acre Eagle Lake as Minnesota's 50th wildlife management lake. This official action granted the state the authority to temporarily lower water levels and actively enhance wetland habitat.

Minnesota DNR wildlife supervisor awarded for shallow lake enhancement projects

Ducks Unlimited (DU) awarded the 2015 Minnesota Conservation Partner of the Year Award to Jeanine Vorland, area wildlife supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Owatonna Area.

PolyMet initiative restores, enhances rice lakes in Minnesota

Ducks Unlimited (DU) announces a partnership with PolyMet Mining that will support DU’s Living Lakes Initiative, a program that restores the health and functionality of Minnesota’s degraded shallow lakes and wetlands.

Ducks Unlimited and Unimin forge four-year conservation partnership

MANKATO, Minn. – May 19, 2015 – Unimin Corporation will continue to partner with Ducks Unlimited on three conservation initiatives in North America through 2018 totaling $230,000.

Ducks Unlimited and Unimin Corporation complete first year of conservation partnership

Unimin Corporation and Ducks Unlimited (DU) have completed the first year of a partnership aimed at conserving habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife in Minnesota.

$25 Million Dedicated to Living Lakes Initiative

In November 2008, Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, which added 3/8 of 1 percent to the state sales tax. One-third of the revenue generated by this amendment is placed in the state's Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) for competitive grants to state agencies and nonprofit conservation organizations such as Ducks Unlimited. This means that approximately $100 million can be used annually to protect, restore, and enhance habitat for fish and wildlife in Minnesota.

Wild rice rebounds in northern Minnesota

BRAINERD, Minn. - Aug. 20, 2013 - As fall approaches, so does wild rice season. Despite the late, cool spring that had Minnesotans wondering about possible negative effects on this year's crop, it appears to have come through in good shape. There is widespread coverage of wild rice on shallow lakes throughout the state's northern counties, with several excellent stands of wild rice reported.

Migratory Birds Respond to Malardi WMA Enhancement Project

MONTROSE, Minn. – May 29, 2013 – Days after the world celebrated International Migratory Bird Day on May 11, thousands of arctic-bound ducks and shorebirds flocked to newly exposed mudflats on Malardi Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Wright County, Minn. The WMA's 149-acre shallow lake is in the initial stages of a temporary two-year draw-down to enhance its aquatic ecology.

U.S. Representatives Garamendi and Peterson Meet Constituents

U.S. Representatives John Garamendi (CA) and Collin Peterson (MN) met with Sacramento Valley waterfowl hunters, rice growers, ranchers, and conservation groups last December at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.

Ducks Unlimited enhances Shaokatan State Wildlife Management Area

IVANHOE, Minn. – April 18, 2013 – Just in time for spring migrating birds, Ducks Unlimited has completed the enhancement of 121-acre Biggs Lake on Lincoln County's Shaokatan State Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

DU Helps Create Minnesota Wildlife Management Area

Last November, DU purchased 96 acres on Thoen Lake and Lake Harold in central Minnesota's Meeker County. DU purchased the land through a 2010 Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund grant as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. The land will be transferred to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and managed as the Thoen Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Minnesota's Harder Lake WPA Project Completed

Breeding and migrating waterfowl found much improved habitat this spring on Minnesota's Harder Lake Waterfowl Production Area (WPA), thanks to a wetland enhancement project conducted by Ducks Unlimited in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Harder Lake WPA enhancement project complete

WINDOM, Minn. – April 10, 2012 – As migrating waterfowl pass through Minnesota's Harder Lake Waterfowl Production Area (WPA), they are finding abundant resources on the way to the breeding grounds. Thanks to enhancement efforts by Ducks Unlimited, the WPA has a new water-control structure and fish barrier to help improve the habitat conditions, which were in poor shape for waterfowl and other wetland dependent wildlife.

Spring migrants respond to Wolf Lake enhancements

Spring migration is underway and ducks and geese are finding Wolf Lake Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Cottonwood County a great place to stop and refuel. The once-degraded shallow lake and nearby wetlands were enhanced by Ducks Unlimited and its partners to reveal a healthy wetland system with abundant vegetation, clear water and improved habitat for waterfowl and other birds.

Minnesota: Towner Lake

Towner Lake in Grant County is part of an excellent wetland complex for waterfowl called the Niemackl Lakes, a prime destination for hunters.

Sunday is Ducks Unlimited Day in Minnesota

Sunday, Jan. 29, is Ducks Unlimited Day in Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton recently signed a proclamation honoring the conservation organization for its 75th anniversary.

Pelican Lake Shoreline Protected with Legacy Amendment Acquisition

Ducks Unlimited has added 60 acres and 3,000 feet of shoreline to the Pelican Lake Waterfowl Production Area with the first land DU purchased using dollars from the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund. DU and its partners recently dedicated the property, which DU will later this year donate to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for long-term management as a waterfowl production area.

Policy News 3-3

DU conservation staff discuss common ground issues with Farm Bureau; Conservation hero makes surprise visit to GLARO office, discusses issues affecting Great Lakes region; Sen. Stabenow, DU present at Farm Bill Forum; DU's Conservation Programs Committee meets to discuss 2012 Farm Bill, Clean Water and other policy issues

Smith Lake enhancement drawdown begins

HOWARD LAKE, Minn. - Dec. 21, 2010 - Thanks to a new water control outlet structure on Smith Lake in Wright County, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources managers are currently drawing down lake levels as winter arrives.

Minnesota: DU applauds DNR draft shallow lake plan

LAKEVILLE, Minn. - Nov. 2, 2010 - Some of the most critical waterfowl habitat remaining in Minnesota will soon benefit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' shallow lakes program plan, "Managing Minnesota's Shallow Lakes for Waterfowl and Wildlife."

Alexandria Ducks Unlimited chapter tours new habitat project

With help from Ducks Unlimited (DU) and other funding partners, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun to enhance Jennie Lake south of Brandon. Using a pump structure designed, engineered and installed by DU, this large wetland rehabilitation project is finally underway.

Little Elk WMA

With funding support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, Ducks Unlimited improved the water management capabilities on Little Elk Wildlife Management Area. The improvements impacted 1,220 acres in two impoundments on the WMA.

Geneva Lake Update

The water in Geneva Lake was turbid and pea green for years, but now the water is clear and the shallow lake is rejuvenated.

DU's Living Lakes Initiative

DU's Living Lakes Initiative protects and manages shallow lake complexes in Iowa and Minnesota

Duck Hunting on Shallow Lakes

Continental scaup population reaches record low

While a recently released preliminary report of waterfowl showed healthy increases of most breeding duck species, the continental scaup population reached a record low of 3.2 million birds in 2006, about 50 percent below the North American Waterfowl Management Plan population goal. This decline is drawing considerable attention from members within the waterfowl community, who are seeking answers to this troubling downward trend.

DU protects 160 Acres on Minnesota’s Geneva Lake

Ducks Unlimited completed this conservation easement in Minnesota by working with Fritz Jensen to protect 160 acres in perpetuity. This is the first of three planned phases, which will eventually protect 500 acres.

Lac qui Parle WMA

DU and DNR developed the Jim and Karen Killen Waterfowl Refuge to provide a secure feeding and resting area for migratory waterfowl. The 110-acre wetland impoundment is on the broad, flat floodplain of the Minnesota River Valley and is adjacent to Marsh Lake, a famous waterfowl staging and migration lake located within the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Minnesota’s Frank Lake on the Road to Recovery

Ducks Unlimited (DU) believes a temporary modification to the outlet of Minnesota’s Frank Lake will result in improved migration habitat. The modification will lower the water level of Frank Lake this winter to increase the likelihood of undesirable fish winterkill and enhance vegetation on which waterfowl feed.

Lake Christina success story

There are thousands of lakes in Minnesota with rich histories of waterfowling traditions, but arguably none as well known as Lake Christina in Douglas County. Due to a combination of prolonged high-water levels and over-population of rough fish, the lake was in a turbid, unproductive state. This poor water quality had virtually eliminated the aquatic food resources that historically attracted hundreds of thousands of waterfowl each spring and fall.

Lake Maria is Minnesota Duck Rally Success Story

On the heels of the 2006 Minnesota Ducks Wetlands and Clean Water Rally at the state capitol on April 22, Ducks Unlimited (DU) is celebrating the completion of a project partially funded by participants at last year’s Duck Rally. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other local partners, DU completed the first step to enhancing Lake Maria, a 425-acre historically important waterfowl lake in north central Murray County.

Minnesota Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Minnesota. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

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