Private Lands Program

What is wildlife habitat management planning?

It is thoughtful, long-term planning for the wildlife and habitats on your land. Habitat management planning considers the landscape in which your land is located and what management practices are most appropriate and effective for its plants and animals. Development of long-term, realistic goals is very important. These goals can be determined by asking a series of questions:

The following examples explain appropriate habitat management within landscapes and habitats found in Minnesota, along with contrasting management decisions that are discouraged. To learn more about your landscape, see Ecological Classification System information.

Learn to understand, appreciate and manage the native habitats and wildlife that occur on your land. Not every parcel of land can or should provide everything. For assistance in understanding what habitats and wildlife you can most effectively benefit in your landscape, contact your local DNR Wildlife private lands specialist. Being a good steward is a lifelong endeavor and the outcome is appreciated for generations!