2021 DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant recipients announced

Contact: Clay Buchanan, 517-614-0918 or Chip Kosloski, 517-284-5965
Agency: Natural Resources

Sept. 29, 2021

A flooded opening with open water surrounded by green grasses and deciduous trees and clear blue sky in the background.The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the recipients of its 2021 Wildlife Habitat Grants. A total of $1,043,500 was awarded to various conservation organizations, units of government, landowners and nonprofit organizations for projects to be completed by Sept. 30, 2023.

Examples of funded projects include enhancing wetland complexes and winter deer complexes, planting mast-producing trees to provide food sources, and improvements to habitats such as forest openings and oak savannas.

The successful applicants, the main counties in which their habitat projects will take place and the amounts awarded are:

  • Andrew Milia (Charlevoix), $43,400.
  • Chippewa Nature Center (Midland), $46,600.
  • Conservation Resource Alliance (Grand Traverse), $47,700.
  • C4 Ranch LLC (Van Buren), $20,300.
  • Eaton Conservation District (Eaton), $89,400.
  • Huron Pines (Ogemaw), $84,400.
  • Jamie DeMann (Allegan), $15,300.
  • John Grebe (Cheboygan), $15,500.
  • Kent Conservation District (Kent), $31,500.
  • Lenawee Conservation District (Lenawee), $40,500.
  • National Wild Turkey Federation (Newaygo), $358,200.
  • Pete LeBaron (Saginaw), $70,000.
  • Ruffed Grouse Society (Tuscola), $56,800.
  • Saginaw Conservation District (Saginaw), $21,000.
  • Sustainable Resources Institute (Iron), $59,700.
  • Triad Investment Prop LLC (Menominee), $43,200.

The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program began in October 2013 and is funded with a portion of the revenue from hunting and fishing licenses sold each year. The program is administered by the DNR through a cooperative effort between the department's Wildlife Division and Grants Management Section.

The grant program's main objective is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of the DNR Wildlife Division's strategic plan.

To learn more about the Wildlife Habitat Grant Program, visit Michigan.gov/DNRGrants.

An accompanying photo is available below for download. Caption information follows.

  • Muskegon Conservation District project: A flooded opening in Muskegon County created through a Muskegon Conservation District wildlife habitat project, supported by a 2018 Wildlife Habitat Grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.