The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking to help deer habitat with special grants for land owners.
Grant applications are being accepted for Michigan’s Deer Private Land Assistance Network, or PLAN.
Deer PLAN is a cooperative grant program designed to support private land deer habitat improvement projects in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.
“This is a great opportunity to improve deer habitat for hunters,” said DNR wildlife biologist Brian Piccolo. “Proposed projects should strive to improve habitat for deer and help to reduce crop damage and the risk of bovine TB on farms, while building partnerships between the DNR and sportsmen.”
A total of $50,000 is available for 2016. The goal is to produce tangible, on-the-ground efforts that markedly improve deer habitat.
The focus area for 2016 will include Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties. Funds will be allocated across the counties based on a competitive scoring process for improvements on private land.
Proposals for deer habitat improvement projects between $2,000 and $10,000 will be considered. A 25-percent match of funds is required for each proposal and can be in the form of any one or more of the following: financial match, cost share, volunteer labor, material contributions or other in-kind support.
Project applications are due by Sept. 1 for a selection committee to review and score. Successful applicants will be notified by Oct. 1.
The Deer PLAN is funded by Deer Range Improvement Program (DRIP) funds, originating from the sale of deer hunting licenses.