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The DNR offers 75% cost-share funding to County Conservation Boards for the acquisition and development of lands for wildlife habitat. Lands must be open to hunting and trapping. Only those compatible activities such as fishing, hiking, nature study, cross-country skiing, etc. will be permitted. Applications must be for a project with a cost of not less than $4,000 due to administrative costs.
Grant applications for wildlife habitat projects are received two times a year, the last working day in May and in November.
Development projects may include, but are not limited to the following:
Acquisition projects are eligible when the land to be acquired is to be used for wildlife habitat purposes. The cost of an approved appraisal report and the cost of surveys necessary to determine acreage or to establish boundaries are also eligible for assistance.
Projects being assisted by any other grant or assistance program will be eligible for WHSF assistance in an amount not to exceed the unassisted portion of the project cost up to a maximum of seventy-five percent of the total project cost.
The following types of projects are not eligible for assistance: