Why manage your land for wildlife?

Minnesota is a land rich in diverse natural resources with plant communities ranging from native prairie to boreal forest and over 550 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians inhabiting them. However, the impacts of agricultural land development and urban sprawl, the subdivision and sale of land, invasive species, climate change and other pressures are increasingly degrading and destroying wildlife habitat, causing the decline of some wildlife populations and challenging the sustainability of our natural resources. In fact, 78 species of wildlife in Minnesota are currently classified as endangered, threatened or of special concern. The good news is that by managing your land for wildlife you can address these issues and make a difference, whether it's your back yard or your back forty. Over 75% of Minnesota is privately owned, thus private landowners are critical stewards of our land. By thoughtfully managing your land for wildlife, you're not only providing habitat and sustaining wildlife populations, you're also contributing to clean air and water, and the health of our environment and economy.