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Rusty Schultz finds alternatives when CRP contract expires

Farmers and ranchers who understand the benefits of grasslands to the North Dakota landscape are invaluable. Landowners like Rusty Schultz from Lamoure County, North Dakota, who participate in conservation programs, are an integral part of Ducks Unlimited’s effort to conserve grasslands and wildlife. Rusty recently enrolled in the Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) when his Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract expired.

Landowner Josh Haugen restores plowed prairie

Farming and ranching large tracts of land can be challenging, but Josh Haugen of Litchville, North Dakota, learned it from his father, Clay.

Bob Anderson works with DU and OHF to diversify his operation

Bob Anderson purchased an 85-acre tract in Barnes County, North Dakota, to conserve wildlife habitat, hunt and as an investment property.

Landowners who have benefitted from the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund and Ducks Unlimited

Landowners who have benefited from the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund and Ducks Unlimited

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.

Ducks Unlimited to conserve 600 acres of Minnesota wetlands with Outdoor Heritage Fund support

Ducks Unlimited will conserve 600 acres or more of crucial prairie land and wetland habitat in southwest Minnesota with $5,801,000 in funding from Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund.

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).

$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.

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DU staff among key speakers on wetlands protection, conservation funding at Kansas Natural Resources Conference

Last week, two members of Ducks Unlimited's conservation staff were among four key speakers during a plenary session at the Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita. This year's conference, with a theme of "Wetlands: The Jewels of Kansas," was attended by nearly 400 representatives from the state and regional conservation community.

Two new wildlife management lakes for Minnesota, funding pending for conservation work

At the end of 2011, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designated two new lakes for wildlife management. Teal Lake in Jackson County and Bolstad Slough in Cottonwood County are the 46th and 47th lakes of this type in the state. Ducks Unlimited has partnered with the DNR to complete conservation work on both lakes.
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