Strategic Direction:

Private lands conservation assistance

Working with landowners to improve land and water conditions

Why is this important?

We as a society have an obligation to future generations to carefully manage and conserve Minnesota's forests, brushlands, grasslands, wetlands, and shorelands. With more than 75 percent of Minnesota's land under private ownership, private landowners are critical to fulfilling this obligation.

A variety of pressures on private lands are growing, increasing the need to proactively protect natural and working land and the natural resources and recreational and economic opportunities they provide.

DNR employee working with private landowner

DNR will accelerate its work to help private landowners conserve natural resources by assessing natural resources, providing technical and financial assistance, developing management plans, and delivering information.

Priority Setting: Using inventories such as the Minnesota Biological Survey and integrated landscape planning such as the Minnesota Duck Plan, DNR and partners prioritize private lands for conservation assistance.

Conservation Management: We work with landowners to develop stewardship plans that conserve prairies and other grasslands, brushlands, forestlands, wetlands, and shorelands.

Financial Assistance: We help landowners find funding for planting trees, developing wildlife plans, and other habitat management activities. We are looking for ways to help landowners obtain compensation for sequestering carbon in their forests.

Integrated Conservation Assistance: We are working to improve delivery of private lands assistance through enhanced outreach and collaboration with private landowners and other partners.



Learn about how the DNR is working with landowners to improve land and water conditions.

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Conservation Priority Mapping

Brushland Conservation Management

Shoreland Habitat Restoration

Long term desired outcomes

  • Landowners receive consistent, high quality information and assistance best suited to their land and the landscape.
  • Landowners make land management decisions that advance natural resource conservation.
  • Healthy, functioning watersheds and landscapes provide significant ecological, economic, and recreational benefits.