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This project would entail releasing desired crop trees via hand-cutting with brush saws to improve habitat for white-tailed deer and other forest dependent wildlife. The stands proposed for treatment were harvested, site-prepped, and planted or seeded to native conifer species within the last 5-15 years. However, competing deciduous vegetation is suppressing conifer growth. Primary crop trees would include white pine, red pine, jack pine, red oak, white birch, and aspen. Initially, this project will improve deer and other wildlife habitat by significantly increasing the production of woody browse and mast as cut stems regenerate and more sunlight is able to reach mast-producing shrubs. Over time, these stands will develop into natural mixed conifer stands that would provide vital thermal cover during winter.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 12/29/2014 - 06/30/2018

Project Manager Jenny Foley

Grant Recipient Minnesota Deer Hunters Association

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $14,657

Expended $14,636

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

Management Unit(s) State

Habitat(s) Forest

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County St. Louis


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 127 Acres

Measurement 88 Acres