Working Lands Initiative (WLI)

Minnesota's "Working Lands For Wildlife Initiative"

What is the Working Lands Inititative?

On July 29, 2005, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, Gene Merriam, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director, Robyn Thorson, signed a “memorandum of understanding” outlining the Working Lands Initiative partnership. Additional partners include Ducks Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever and the Minnesota Waterfowl Association. Under this initiative, state and federal agencies will work with conservation groups to identify, map and protect the most productive wetland areas in the most effective manner possible. The emphasis will be on voluntary, non-regulatory, incentive based programs compatible with agriculture and conservation. The Working Lands Initiative is part of the Pawlenty Administration’s broader conservation agenda, which includes funding for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program and designation of the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge. - Source MN Dept. of Adminitstration

Working Lands Initiative Target Areas

Target Areas are locations where a significant investment has already been made or major components of habitat are already in place. “Working Lands" can add the remaining management or restoration activity to complete the system, thereby maximizing wildlife benefits on minimal acres.

Target Area Maps


  • Target Area Boundaries represented on the PDF and interactive web maps DO NOT indicate public access to the land within them. These areas are composed of both private and public lands.  Please respect private property and do not trespass.
  • All map data representing public land boundaries (ex WMA, USWPA, etc) are general and at this scale DO NOT accurately represent the actual legal boundaries and thus should be used for reference only not navigation to or on public lands.

Statewide WLI Focus Counties and Target Areas Map This link leads to an external site. (348K,  1 page)

WLI Target Areas in Jackson County Map This link leads to an external site. (472K,  1 page)


More Info

Working Lands Brochure This link leads to an external site. (178K,  2 pages)

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