Duck and pheasant action plans

Strategic conservation efforts designed to foster stewardship of pheasants, ducks and their habitats are outlined in new action plans for these popular birds.

As a forward-thinking leader for pheasant and duck management in Minnesota, the DNR considers the issues facing ducks and pheasants to be serious. Those issues include the amount and quality of habitat and the impacts of a changing climate. These plans help clarify and focus our work to better address these issues.

About the action plans

The action plans were developed with the help of conservation and tribal partners as well as the public and technical experts. Each plan is designed to better define DNR will do and how it will work with partners. Each outlines short-term actions that can help fulfill long-term conservation goals.

While species and habitat management plans often cover time periods of 10 or more years, the new action plans focus efforts over four years. That allows the DNR and its conservation partners to more immediately assess and adjust activities to meet long-term goals that are affected by changing conditions.

A key part of DNR’s work outlined in these short-term plans will be collaboration with our conservation partners. Helping support our partners’ work, especially their work with private landowners, is critically important.

These action plans for pheasants and ducks complement other conservation plans already in place. Our intent is to better define and track DNR's work to conserve and create more habitat, increase recreational opportunities and increase public awareness and appreciation of habitat conservation.