D.N.R. ANNOUNCES $100,000.00 IN DEER HABITAT IMPROVEMENT
GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE UPPER PENINSULA - AIMED AT IMPROVING HABITAT ON
((Lansing - January 17, 2018) - The Michigan Department of Natural
Resources has announced a March 1 deadline to apply for a total of $100,000 in
deer habitat improvement grant funding in the Upper Peninsula.
over $530,000 in grant funds have been spent across the U.P. on 70 projects,”
said Bill Scullon, DNR field operations manager and administrator for the grant
initiative. “These projects have involved hundreds of private landowners,
positively impacting thousands of acres of habitat.”
Groups eligible for
these grants include organizations with a formal mission to promote wildlife
conservation and/or hunting, such as sportsmen’s clubs, conservation districts,
land conservancies, industrial landowners with more than 10,000 acres, or
private land affiliations where two or more unrelated persons jointly own 400 or
"There are three primary goals applicants should strive to
meet," Scullon said. "The projects should produce tangible deer habitat
improvements, build long-term partnerships between the DNR and outside
organizations and showcase the benefits to the public."
Scullon said the
total amount of grant funding available is $100,000. The maximum amount of
individual grants is $15,000 and the minimum is $2,000.
Now in its tenth
year, the initiative is supported by the state’s Deer Range Improvement Program,
which is funded by a portion of deer hunting license revenue.
projects funded under the initiative include planting of red oak, conifers and
wildlife orchards; rehabilitation of historic wildlife openings; native prairie
restoration, and scarification for conifer regeneration. Some past grant
recipients have also facilitated youth hunting opportunities on improved private
"These projects are prime examples of how partner organizations
can work with the DNR to enhance deer habitat," Scullon said.
In the U.P.,
all of the deer population is situated on about 30 percent of the region’s
landscape during the winter months.
In the Northern U.P., 69 percent of
the deer population depends on 17 percent of the lands defined as deer wintering
complexes. In the southern U.P., 31 percent of the deer use 13 percent of the
Roughly 80 percent of the deer wintering habitat in the U.P.
is owned or managed by entities other than the DNR.
must be postmarked by Thursday, March 1, and successful applicants will be
notified by Monday, March 19. The complete grant application package is
available on the DNR website at
For more information or questions regarding eligibility, please contact
Bill Scullon at 906-563-9247 or