North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund

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North Dakota's Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) provides grants to promote conservation in the state. Established in 2013 by the North Dakota legislature, OHF is a major source of funding for state agencies, tribal governments, political subdivisions and nonprofit organizations, including Ducks Unlimited (DU). The Fund receives up to $40 million every two years from oil and gas production revenue.

DU collaborates with partners and private landowners to apply for OHF grants. The fund is governed by the North Dakota Industrial Commission which receives funding recommendations from a 12-member advisory board. A volunteer member of Ducks Unlimited sits on the board.

Cover Crop and Livestock Integration Project

After successfully completing its pilot year, Ducks Unlimited’s Cover Crop and Livestock Integration Project (CCLIP) is moving into phase two. This phase expands the focus area from a few counties in southeast North Dakota to 37 counties that encompass the Prairie Pothole Region in the state. The North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund (NDOHF) recently fully funded the project by awarding DU a $1.25 million grant.


ND Working Grasslands Partnership

North Dakota farmers and ranchers in two priority areas are able apply for financial assistance to convert their expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land into a rotational grazing system. The Working Grasslands Partnership will offer assistance for grazing infrastructure, such as water development and fencing. Learn more 

See OHF Projects

Grants provided by OHF enable DU and other partners to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people, specifically in the priority conservation area of the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota.

Landowners who have participated in N.D. Heritage Fund programs.