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Young Forest for Minnesota Wildlife


Across the Great Lakes region, the acres of young or early successional forest, primarily stands of aspen and birch, are declining. Historically, landscape level disturbance, especially fire, would have maintained this ecosystem as a component of the regional landscape. However, with fire protection as well as a declining forest products industry across Minnesota, this land cover type has declined in the state and across the Great Lakes region. Along with this decline in habitat are declines in species dependent on these ecosystems. Two species currently getting a lot of attention are golden-winged warblers which are declining two percent every year, and American woodcock which have declined approximately two to four percent per year. Other species dependent on this habitat include deer, moose, ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, and a host of songbirds. This grant will restore young forests on public hunting areas from NW Minnesota to just above the Metro.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 03/21/2012 - 06/30/2015

Project Manager Tom Cooper

Grant Recipient Woodcock Minnesota

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $137,040

Expended $128,684

Statutory Reference M.L. 2016, Chp. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(K)

Management Unit(s) Federal

Habitat(s) Forest

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Becker


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 867 Acres

Measurement 842 Acres