Lakeshore management and restoration information (updated January, 2006)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers a multitude of information regarding the ownership of shoreland along with its care and restoration possibilities. Below are some links to valuable information.
For the "Guide for Buying and Managing Shoreland", click on the following link: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/shorelandmgmt/guide/index.html
If you are planning to alter your shoreline, the DNR has created some information sheets which may be helpful to you. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/publications/waters/shoreline_alteration.html
The DNR has also developed a CD-ROM program entitled "Restore Your Shore" which offers valuable information to assist you with shoreline restoration projects. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/restoreyourshore/index.html
For information regarding harmful exotic aquatic plants, click on this link: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/assistance/backyard/shorelandmgmt/aquatic_plants_gardeners.pdf
Another source of information about helping fish & wildlife along the shore is a brochure entitled, "The Water's Edge." Click on this link for the .pdf version of it: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/assistance/backyard/shorelandmgmt/savewateredge.pdf
A guide to aquatic plant identification and management is found at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/shorelandmgmt/apg/index.html
Information on using your shoreline in a sustainable manner is found at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/shorelandmgmt/apg/index.html
Grants for shoreline restoration (Updated January, 2006)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers grant programs specifically for projects that restore the shoreline of our State's waters.
Shoreland Habitat Restoration Grant Program
Program Summary: To expand the diversity and abundance of native aquatic and shoreland plants; improve and protect the quality of shoreline habitat; enhance and protect water quality; raise awareness of the value of native shoreline and aquatic vegetation.
Environmental and Conservation Partnerships Grant Program
Program purpose: To encourage the enhancement of fish, wildlife, and native plant habitats; research and surveys of fish and wildlife directly related to specific habitat improvement projects; and to encourage environmental projects and related education activities through cooperation by private organizations and local governments.
Grants for Management of Eurasian Watermilfoil
Program Purpose: To reduce the adverse affects of Eurasian Watermilfoil on recreational opportunities in Minnesota lakes and to slow the spread of the exotic to other lakes.
Other grant programs are available through various organizations. Information on how to contact these groups is listed below:
Minnesota Board of Water Resources
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is a state agency dedicated to helping local governments manage natural resources. BWSR aims to improve local capability by providing technical, financial, and administrative assistance. To learn more about BWSR, visit their website at www.bwsr.state.mn.us or call them at (651) 296-3767.
Minnesota Council on Foundations
The Minnesota Council on Foundations produces the Guide to Minnesota Grantmakers, a directory of foundation and corporate grantmaking programs. They are dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations identify potential partners and financial supporters to help sustain and improve Minnesota communities. For more information about their organization, visit their website at www.mcf.org or call them at (612) 338-1989.
Minnesota Financial Aid to Private Landowners
This 16 page guide describes 52 programs for private landowners. It is produced by the University of Minnesota Extension Service. To receive a free copy, contact them at (612) 625-8173 and ask for publication number BU-5946-Z or visit their website at: www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/naturalresources/DD5946.html .
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
Each year, the Office of Environmental Assistance awards money to organizations to help them move toward more sustainable practices. Specifically, projects must focus on pollution prevention, recycling market development, environmental education, sustainable communities development and/or resource recovery. To learn more, visit their website at: www.moea.state.mn.us/grants/index.cfm , or call them at (651) 296-3417 or toll free at (800) 657-3843.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
This Foundation has a variety of challenge grant programs that fund projects to conserve and restore fish, wildlife, and native plants and their habitats. Federal, state, and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are welcome to apply. To learn more, call them at their Washington DC office at (202) 857-0166.