Southwest Lower Peninsula (includes contact info)

Program description:

In the Southwest region, the Private Lands Program focuses on providing technical and limited financial assistance to landowners interested in management and restoration of wildlife habitat. Currently financial assistance is available only for projects involving grasslands, oak savannahs and oak barrens. Additional technical assistance may be available for landowners interested in improving habitat for deer and/or turkeys.

Examples of possible technical assistance projects:

  • Sites larger than 20 acres.
  • Smaller sites that are part of, or adjacent to, sites of high ecological value (i.e. fens, savannahs, T&E occupied).
  • Grasslands that are adjacent to, or in close proximity of hay-lands, CRP fields, and other grassed cover type.

Examples of possible financial assistance projects include:

  • Restoring native prairie by planting various native seed mixes to address site conditions and landowner goals.
  • Management of established grasslands by recommending appropriate practices such as prescribed fire, disking or inter-seeding.
  • All phases of restoration or management of oak savannah or oak barrens sites.
  • Invasive species control in and immediately around established or new grassland, savannah or barrens sites.

Projects for which Financial Assistance is NOT available:

  • Sites enrolled in CRP or other Federal Farm Bill programs.
  • Digging fish ponds
  • Writing Forest Stewardship Plans (forestry advice is available but this will not take the place of an FSP)
  • Financial assistance for food plots

Contact Information:

For landowners interested in improving your land for wildlife, and who meet the above criteria, please contact the Private Lands Biologist for your region.  Our biologists can discuss your property and wildlife goals to determine what type of assistance and potential funding sources are available to help you enhance your land for wildlife.

Kenneth S. Kesson
Wildlife Biologist
Southwest Michigan Region
269-244-5928
Kessonk1@michigan.gov