Ranch Sunrise.jpg

The Prairie Pothole Region in North Dakota is one of DU's highest priority landscapes. DU works with farmers, ranchers, and other partners in the region to provide a variety of working-land conservation options that meet landowner objectives and support wildlife habitat conservation. Conservation staff can provide financial and technical assistance to help landowners develop grazing systems, improve soil health, restore habitats and navigate the suite of programs available through federal, state, and non-government organization conservation partners.
Some North Dakota farmers and ranchers are concerned about soil salinity or an area of erosion on their properties. Other landowners want to attract more wildlife or improve their land for the next generation. DU’s Conservation Program Biologists help landowners evaluate conservation programs that can solve problems, like finding new uses for marginal cropland, enhancing grasslands, or improve soil health on croplands, and can help landowners walk through any applications for programs that will suit their needs.
NAWCA_Grass Planting_resize.jpgThe NAWCA Working Lands Program
Are you interested in increasing your grass productivity and livestock herd size at the same time? Are you interested in making your land drought resistant? North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) projects focus on retaining, enhancing, and creating grassland habitat ithrough grazing infrastructure and rotational grazing.
NAWCA_grazinginfrastructure_resize.jpgGrassland Enhancement Pilot Program (GEPP)
Producers with an interest in improving grazing systems on leased lands can with Ducks Unlimited's GEPP. Project partners work with lessees and and managers to advance grazing systems on school trust and public land. Implementing a planned rotational grazing system improves grassland health, drought tolerance, and enhances recreational opportunities for the public.
CCLIP_cows_resize.jpgCover Crop and Livestock Integration Project (CCLIP)
These projects aim to increase the profitability of your farm using regenerating soil practices like reducing tillage, planting diverse cover crops, and rotational grazing.
WGP_watersystem-cows_resize.jpgWorking Grassland Partnership (WGP, Natural Resources Trust)
The WGP promotes livestock grazing as a management tool for improving grassland bird conservation. WGPs provide landowners with voluntary options to help develop expiring Conservation Reserve Program acres into livestock grazing systems.
Additional programs include the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Public Land Open to Sportsman (PLOTS), and Wet­land/Grassland easements. Most programs can be coupled with others to address multiple resource concerns. For example, a landowner can choose to enroll pasture acres into the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s PLOTS program and a Ducks Unlimited NAWCA project.
 DU Conservation Team-Contact_2022_SamKrohn.jpg
Tanner Gue.jpegTANNER GUE—Manager, North Dakota Conservation programs
Dane Picture_JPG_resize.jpgDANE BUYSSE—Biologist
Sam Krohn 1.jpgSAM KROHN—Biologist
Emily Picture_resize.jpgEMILY SCHWARTZ—Agronomist
Robert Picture_JPG.jpgROBERT FORD—Biologist
William Palarski.jpegWILLIAM PALARSKI—Biologist

Ducks Unlimited North Dakota Resources


Ducks Unlimited Partners in North Dakota