North Dakota Conservation Program Biologists

Helping meet farm and ranch goals through conservation programs

Ducks Unlimited Conservation Program Biologists work with landowners who want more out of their land. The farmers and ranchers may be 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 farmers and ranchers reach their goals through conservation programs.

Program biologists help landowners evaluate conservation programs that can help them solve issues, such as find new uses for marginal cropland, retain grassland or improve outdoor recreational opportunities. The biologists help them walk through applications for programs that will suit their needs.  

Some of the more popular programs are the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Public Land Open to Sportsman (PLOTS), Working Grasslands Partnership and Wetland/Grassland easements. (More information on these programs and easements.)

CRP pays yearly rental payments in exchange for farmers removing environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and planting species that will improve environmental quality.

The Working Grasslands Partnership is through Ducks Unlimited (DU). DU and partners will provide landowners with voluntary options to help retain existing grasslands, create new grasslands and increase livestock management abilities. The project focuses on water development and fencing for expiring CRP.

The Enbridge Ecofootprint Program provides cost-share and technical assistance for landowners in the Devils Lake watershed who want to turn marginal cropland or expiring CRP into grazing land.  

Ducks Unlimited Conservation Program Biologists




North-central and Northwestern North Dakota

 Dane Buysse,, 701-355-3584 (office), 507-828-2658 (cell)

South-central, southeastern and northeastern North Dakota

 Tanner Gue,, 701-355-3592 (office), 701-595-6945 (cell)

Ducks Unlimited
2525 River Road
Bismarck, ND 58503 

Other conservation program resources:

Enbridge Ecofootprint Program for the Devils Lake watershed: Ducks Unlimited

Working Grasslands Partnership: Ducks Unlimited, N.D. Natural Resources Trust

PLOTS: North Dakota Game and Fish

Grassland and wetland easements, private lands program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP): Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): NRCS

 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP): NRCS

 Waterbank: NRCS

 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP): Farm Service Agency

SAFE program map

Watershed conservation funding: visit your local soil conservation district

Windbreak Renovation Program: Forest Service

Pollinators: Pheasants Forever

Seed Program: National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)