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OHF Landowner Profile: Pic family farm improved for the future

The Pic farm has been in the family for generations, dating back to the 1870s. Walsh County landowner Donavon Pic recently asked his daughter Carrie to take over as the operations manager due to his failing health.

DU uses OHF to create Enhanced Grazing Lands and Wildlife Habitat program

The Enhanced Grazing Lands and Wildlife Habitat program, funded through North Dakota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF), is helping North Dakota landowners maintain 11,000 acres of expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands and other grasslands. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Ducks Unlimited partnered to enroll landowners in this program in 2015-2016 using a core set of NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) practices. The program offers enhanced grazing and habitat management incentives to transition lands at high-risk of conversion, to working lands for grazing and improved wildlife habitat.

DU to begin work on OHF-funded project at Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Moffit, N.D – With grant funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF), Ducks Unlimited will soon begin restoring and improving habitat on the Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), near Moffit, North Dakota. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Long Lake is recognized for its diversity in wetland habitats and value to wildlife.

North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund Projects

Projects completed using OHF grant funds

North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund

North Dakota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) is a granting program to promote conservation in the state. Established in 2013 by the North Dakota legislature

DU completes OHF-funded project in Alkali Creek Wildlife Management Area

BOWMAN, N.D., Sept. 22, 2015 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) engineers recently completed repairs on a 58-acre wetland impoundment on the Alkali Creek Wildlife Management Area, near Bowman, North Dakota. The property is managed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDGFD).

DU Partners with University of North Dakota on Nest Cam Project

Ducks Unlimited recently joined the University of North Dakota (UND) to provide biology students with experience and school credit through a summer research project on the Coteau Ranch, a 3,000-acre property owned and restored by DU. The interns spent the summer monitoring blue-winged teal nests using surveillance cameras to study nesting behavior. DU biologists and UND Assistant Professor Dr. Susan Ellis-Felege instructed and supported the students during the project.

DU completes construction to help Bismarck-area shooting enthusiasts

BISMARCK, N.D. - Dec. 9, 2014 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) has completed construction on an improved shooting range at MacLean Bottoms Wildlife Management Area (WMA) south of Bismarck. In partnership with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDGF), DU engineers surveyed, designed and managed construction of the shooting range in accordance with National Rifle Association guidelines.

North Dakota: Delbert and Donna Eszlinger

Delbert and Donna Eszlinger run a successful Angus beef cattle operation, located in McIntosh County, N.D. Delbert's father started the ranch in 1940 with 160 acres.

Hal Kantrud Wetland

DU repaired the emergency spillway at the Hal Kantrud Wetland in the fall of 2004 and installed a small agri-drain water control structure. The repaired spillway will alleviate future erosion within the emergency spillway and allow better water management opportunities to improve habitat for breeding waterfowl.

Lynch Dam

DU installed a water control structure and excavated a new emergency spillway in the Lynch Dam, during the Fall and Winter 2004/2005, to restore the wetland to it’s original elevation. These improvements will help alleviate future flooding problems and will allow for water level manipulations, which will greatly improve habitat conditions for breeding waterfowl and other waterbirds.

Winter Cereals Program

Farmer enrollments in Ducks Unlimited’s Winter Cereals Program has grown from 1,100 the program’s first year to over 8,000 acres this year. DU provides a $7 an acre incentive to producers for up to 150 acres, under three year contracts. Research indicates winter cereal crops, such as winter wheat, provide nesting cover that helps produce 35 times more ducks than spring seeded crops.

North Dakota Conservation Projects

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

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