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Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and Outdoor Heritage Fund
Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and Outdoor Heritage Fund

What is the outdoor Heritage Fund? Beginning in July of 2009 Minnesota increased the Sales and Use Tax Amendment by three-eighths of one percent. The accumulation of dollars collected from this were split into several categories. The Outdoor Heritage Fund (33%), The Clean Water Fund (33%), Parks and Trails Fund (14.25%) and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (19.75%). For more information on this Constitutional Amendment. Click Here

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Conservation Seed and Fruit Tree Programs
Conservation Seed and Fruit Tree Programs

Each year, MDHA offers a Conservation Seed Program and a Fruit Tree Program to its members. These programs offer conservation seed and fruit trees for our members to purchase at a reduced rate for the sole purpose is to be planted for wildlife habitat. The seed and trees can’t be sold for profit or used for fundraising. For more information on these great programs, contact your local chapter.

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Carlos Avery Woody Cover Development Habitat Project:
Carlos Avery Woody Cover Development Habitat Project:

We have 30 different projects like this going across the state of Minnesota!This is a CPL (Conservation Partners Legacy) grant for ,000 with match funds being provided by the North Suburban Chapter-,500, Habitat Committee-,500, and Ruffed Grouse Society-,500 for a project total of ,500. This project proposes to plant mixed hardwood trees on 50 acres of old fields on Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area (CAWMA). The goal of this project is to provide a more continuous, diverse, and resilient forest. Planting these openings will connect existing forest stands and reduce edge habitat. The project area is adjacent to the Boot...

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Additionally, MDHA applied for and was awarded over .8 million through five Lessard Sams Outdoor Council Grants.
Additionally, MDHA applied for and was awarded over .8 million through five Lessard Sams Outdoor Council Grants.

MN Moose Habitat collaborative Phases I, II, III: The three phases are a collaborative effort of many state, private and non-profit organizations to ensure the MN Moose population strives in MN. Jack Pine Forest/Crow Wing River Watershed Habitat Acquisition: This project is to acquire thousands of acres in Cass and Hubbard counties. Laurentian Forest-St. Louis County Habitat Project: This project is to acquire thousands of acres in St. Louis County. MDHA is dedicated to Habitat in MN. As long as funds are available it is our mission to build our hunting and conservation legacy.Join us in our mission. Click HERE...

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MDHA saw great opportunity with the Conservation Partners Legacy Grants.
MDHA saw great opportunity with the Conservation Partners Legacy Grants.

Any MDHA Chapter throughout the state could apply for funds by spending just 10% of total project costs as match on habitat efforts in their own regions. MDHA Chapters raise money through various fundraising events in their areas. The great thing about the CPL Grant Program is it maximizes the amount of impact MDHA Chapters have in a region. To date, MDHA Chapters have applied for and been approved 84 project totaling over .6 million.

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Legislative Audit and Deer Plan
Legislative Audit and Deer Plan

In 2015, MDHA urged Minnesota’s Legislative Auditor to conduct an audit of DNR’s deer management. MDHA also called on DNR to establish a statewide deer management plan. As a result of the urging of MDHA and others, the Legislative Auditor conducted an audit of DNR’s deer management in 2016. One of the key recommendations in the audit was for DNR to prepare a deer management plan. At the beginning of 2017, DNR embarked on a year-long deer planning effort and appointed two MDHA representatives to the 20-member advisory committee. MDHA is the only organization with two members of the committee.

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