DNR announces wildlife grant recipients

zoo (79)Nearly a million dollars was awarded to a number of conservation and nonprofit organizations across the state to improve wildlife habits.

Grand Traverse Conservation District was awarded more than one hundred thousand dollars. They plan to use the funding to restore grassland habitats.

Clay Buchanan is the coordinator for the wildlife habitat grant program.

He said there are two main goals for the program.

“ We’re trying to get more habit than the DNR can do really get on it’s own. Just based on limited main power and then the second is trying to expand conservation partnerships so we’re trying to include more folks, more partners, more groups , more individuals into wildlife habitat and wildlife conservation.”

Buchanan said one of the successful projects in the past was in Huron County where a state game area was restored as a natural grassland.

Other places awarded grants include Cheboygan and Lapeer counties.