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FY 2025 LSOHC Funding Requests Received

The funding requests below will be considered by the council for recommendation to the 2024 legislature. The council received 53 requests totaling over $300 million.

Proposal Title Project Manager Organization Requested Amount

Prairie Acquisition
PA 01 Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, Phase XIV Chris McGrath The Nature Conservancy $8,651,000
PA 02 Accelerating the Wildlife Management Area Program - Phase XVI Sabin Adams Pheasants Forever, Inc. $10,116,100
PA 03 Prairie Chicken Habitat Partnership of the Southern Red River Valley - Phase X Sabin Adams MN Prairie Chicken Society / Pheasants Forever, Inc. $9,336,400
PA 04 Martin County WMA Acquisition Phase 8 Doug Hartke Fox Lake Conservation League, Inc. $11,466,900

Prairie Restore / Enhance
PRE 01 DNR Grassland Enhancement - Phase 16 Greg Hoch MN DNR $6,828,600
PRE 02 Enhanced Public Land - Grasslands - Phase VII Alexander Nelson Pheasants Forever, Inc. $2,286,800

Forest Acquisition
FA 01 Minnesota Heritage Forest - Transition to Public Ownership Program Christine Ostern MN DNR $22,647,000
FA 02 Camp Ripley Sentinel Landscape ACUB Protection Program - Phase 12 Shannon Wettstein Morrison SWCD $4,500,000
FA 03 Riparian Habitat Protection in the Kettle and Snake River Watersheds Paul Swanson Pine County Soil and Water Conservation District $3,033,800

Forest Restore / Enhance
FRE 01 DNR Forest Enhancement and Restoration - Phase 4 Ted Dick MN DNR $6,482,600
FRE 02 Young Forest Conservation Phase IV Peter Dieser American Bird Conservancy $3,110,000
FRE 03 Floodplain and Upland Forest Enhancement - Mississippi River, Phase 5 Jeffrey Butler / Dale Gentry Audubon Minnesota $4,211,000

Wetland Acquisition
WA 01 Wild Rice Shoreland Protection Phase IX Bill Penning MN BWSR $3,000,000
WA 02 Shallow Lake & Wetland Protection & Restoration Program - Phase XIII Jon Schneider Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $12,500,000
WA 03 RIM Wetlands - Restoring the most productive habitat in Minnesota John Voz MN BWSR $5,000,000
WA 04 Accelerating the Waterfowl Production Area Program - Phase XVI Sabin Adams Pheasants Forever, Inc. $15,471,100

Wetland Restore / Enhance
WRE 01 DNR Accelerated Shallow Lakes and Wetland Enhancements - Phase 16 Ricky Lien MN DNR $12,713,000
WRE 02 Nelson Slough - East Park WMA Morteza Maher Middle-Snake-Tamarac Rivers Watershed District $6,302,500
WRE 03 Wetland Habitat Protection and Restoration Program - Phase 9 Wayne Ostlie Minnesota Land Trust $3,180,000
WRE 04 Living Shallow Lakes and Wetlands Enhancement & Restoration Initiative - Phase X John Lindstrom Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $14,900,000
WRE 05 Lake Alice - Fergus Falls Klara Beck City of Fergus Falls $686,000

Habitat Acquisition
HA 01 St. Croix Watershed Habitat Protection and Restoration Phase 5 Katie Sickmann Wild Rivers Conservancy of the St. Croix & Namekagon $8,406,000
HA 02 Pine and Leech Watershed Phase III Targeted RIM Easement Permeant Land Protection Melissa Barrick Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District $2,920,000
HA 03 Protecting Minnesota's Lakes of Outstanding Biological Significance - Phase 3 Wayne Ostlie Minnesota Land Trust $7,798,000
HA 04 Shell Rock River Watershed Habitat Restoration Program - Phase XIII Courtney Phillips Shell Rock River Watershed District $5,780,800
HA 05 Cannon River Watershed Habitat Protection and Restoration Program - Phase 13 Jennifer Tonko Clean River Partners $6,400,000
HA 06 Trout Stream Restoration in the Root River Watershed Terence Ruane RES $12,278,200
HA 07 Mississippi Headwaters Habitat Corridor Project Phase 8 Tim Terrill Mississippi Headwaters Board (MHB) $9,267,000
HA 08 Fisheries Habitat Protection on Strategic North Central Minnesota Lakes - Phase X Annie Knight Northern Waters Land Trust $7,798,000
HA 09 Shakopee Creek: Headwaters Restored, Species and Land Protected Margaret Johnson Kandiyohi Soil and Water Conservation $1,190,000
HA 10 Red River Basin Riparian Habitat Program - Phase I Robert L. Sip Red River Watershed Management Board $15,233,500
HA 11 Resilient Habitat for Heritage Brook Trout - Phase 2 John Lenczewski Minnesota Trout Unlimited $5,456,000
HA 12 Southeast Minnesota Protection and Restoration Phase 12 David Ruff The Nature Conservancy $11,766,900
HA 13 Lower Wild Rice River Corridor Habitat Restoration - Phase IV Tara Jensen Wild Rice Watershed District $5,170,000
HA 14 DNR WMA and SNA Acquisition, Phase XVI Jeff Tillma MN DNR $2,900,000
HA 15 Accelerating Habitat Conservation in Southwest Minnesota - Phase 3 Wayne Ostlie Minnesota Land Trust $7,459,000
HA 16 Sauk River Watershed Habitat Protection & Restoration, Phase 5 Steve Zeece III Sauk River Watershed District $16,673,200
HA 17 Metro Big Rivers Phase 14 Deborah Loon MN Valley Trust (Metro Big Rivers) $16,113,600

Habitat Restore / Enhance
HRE 01 Anoka Sand Plain Habitat Conservation - Phase 9 Wiley Buck Great River Greening $2,138,000
HRE 02 DNR Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement - Phase 7 Jamison Wendel MN DNR $14,510,200
HRE 03 Minnesota Statewide Trout Habitat Enhancement John Lenczewski Minnesota Trout Unlimited $2,950,000
HRE 04 Knife River Habitat Rehabilitation-PH VII Kevin J. Bovee; Andy Hubley Lake Superior Steelhead Association (LSSA); Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) $3,000,000
HRE 05 St. Louis River Restoration Initiative – Phase 11 Melissa Sjolund MN DNR $4,098,000
HRE 06 Restoring connectivity, floodplain, and river habitat in the Upper Clearwater River for trout and creek heel splitter mussels Zach Gutknecht Beltrami Soil and Water Conservation District $3,240,000
HRE 07 Roseau Lake Rehabilitation: Phase II Tracy Halstensgard Roseau River Watershed District $9,000,000
HRE 08 Highbanks Ravine Bat Hibernaculum Lisa Vollbrecht City of St. Cloud $2,300,000
HRE 09 Owámniyomni Native Landscape & River Restoration (St. Anthony Falls) Kjersti Duval Friends of the Falls $6,000,000
HRE 10 Silver Lake Dam Fish Passage Modification Matt Crawford City of Rochester - Public Works Department $3,000,000
HRE 11 Little Devil Track River Restoration Robert Hass Cook County $4,435,800

O1 Contract Management Katherine Sherman-Hoehn MN DNR $350,000
O2 Restoration Evaluations - ML 2024 Wade Johnson MN DNR $200,000
O3 DNR Core Functions in Partner-led OHF Land Acquisitions Jennifer Olson MN DNR $815,400
CPL Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program Ph. 16 Statewide and Metro Habitat David Stein MN DNR $11,575,400