Michigan Awards $1 Million in Habitat Grants

Michigan Awards $1 Million in Habitat Grants

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced the recipients of their 2015 Wildlife Habitat Grants. A total of $1,062,807 was awarded to various conservation organizations, units of government, landowners and nonprofit organizations including the Wildlife Management Institute for a project to enhance young forest habitat in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program, which began in October 2013, is funded with a portion of the revenue from the hunting licenses sold each year. The program aims to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game-species habitat in support of a specific goal from the Wildlife Division's strategic plan.

"Hunting generates more than $2.3 billion for Michigan's economy," said Russ Mason, Wildlife Division chief. "This program impacts wildlife habitat across the state to ensure there are quality hunting opportunities. In addition, these grants benefit everyone who enjoys the state's world-class natural resources. We appreciate what hunters and anglers do to fund the professional management of Michigan's woods and waters."

Mason added that these grants provide additional resources to the DNR's partners so they can help do the work that wildlife need. "It expands our workforce by having partners spend time on important wildlife priorities."

In addition to the young forest habitat project, funded projects include the expansion of wetland areas for improved waterfowl habitat, improved food sources for upland game birds in several locations across the state and activities to increase food and shelter for white-tailed deer.

Find more information about the Michigan Wildlife Habitat Grant Program.(pmr)

October 16, 2014