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These partners offer funding to help cover the costs of caring for your land.
National Wild Turkey Federation
The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) conserves and enhances critical upland habitat for wildlife, creates hunters, and opens access to new acres for outdoor recreation. Its conservation resources for private woodland owners include a Landowner’s Tool Box and information on planting, wildlife management, and related topics on its website. The NWTF Conservation Seed Program and Seed Subsidy Program help NWTF members purchase lower cost seed for habitat planting, especially on private lands. The NWTF regional biologist also presents at private landowner workshops from time to time.
Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is the primary federal agency authorized to work with private landowners to help protect natural resources on their lands. NRCS funding and technical assistance programs, including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), provide private woodland owners with a voluntary, incentive-based means to conserve their soil, water, and related resources.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners for Fish & Wildlife
Recognizing the important role that private lands play in supporting Wisconsin’s natural resources, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program works one-on-one with private landowners to improve fish and wildlife habitats on their lands. Program biologists assist in developing, designing, and completing projects that restore wetland, riparian, and upland habitats, while addressing the needs and desires of landowners. The program also offers funding to carry out these projects.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helps private landowners sustainably manage and protect their woodlands. DNR foresters provide advice, guidance, and referrals to programs and professionals to help landowners accomplish their goals. The DNR offers incentives to help reduce the expense of owning and caring for woodlands, including Managed Forest Law (MFL), a property tax incentive program, and the Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program (WFLGP), which provides financial assistance for planning and completing management practices. The agency also works with partners to support education and outreach to adult and youth audiences. Search “landowner” on the DNR website to find resources for woodland owners.