Minnesota DNR Wildlife Habitat Program – Private Land Habitat


  • Strategically influence protection, enhancement, and restoration of wildlife habitat on private land
  • Integrate wildlife habitat management on public and private land. 

Assistance from:
Private Land, Wildlife Habitat Specialists focusing on prairie, wetland, brushland and forest habitats.

To agencies and organizations:
We offer technical assistance, resource materials, group presentations, workshops, field tours, and collaboration on habitat projects.

To landowners:
We offer advice, assistance with long-term stewardship planning, recommendations on funding sources and available conservation programs, referrals, group presentations, workshops, and field tours.

Why manage private land for wildlife?
More than 75% of land in Minnesota is privately owned, thus private landowners are critical land stewards. Minnesota is a land rich in diverse natural resources with habitats ranging from native prairie, mixed deciduous forest, to boreal forest. Over 550 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians inhabit these diverse landscapes. Unfortunately, much habitat is being degraded or eliminated.  The result is many species have declined in both number and distribution. 78 species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians in Minnesota are currently classified as endangered, threatened, or of special concern.  Pressures on wildlife habitat include land development, urban sprawl, subdivision and sale of land, agriculture, rising land and commodity prices, invasive species and climate change. Private landowners can address these pressures by providing habitat, helping to sustain wildlife populations, contributing to clean air & water, and positively impacting both the environment and the economy.

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:

  • What wildlife species occur in your landscape?
  • Which of these species do you want to benefit?
  • What are these habitat needs of these species?
  • Which of their habitat needs are met or are missing on your land and the surrounding land?
  • Which missing habitat needs can you realistically and sustainably provide on your land?

Learn to understand, appreciate and manage the native habitats and wildlife that occur on your land. Not every parcel of land can sustainably support every habitat and wildlife species you may desire.  Being a good steward is a lifelong endeavor and the outcome is appreciated for generations!

Primary Contact Information

Prairie Habitats
Randy Schindle
Private Land Wildlife Habitat Specialist
Department of Natural Resources
35365 - 800th Avenue
Madelia, MN  56062-9744
Phone: 507-642-8478 x 242
email: randy.schindle@state.mn.us

Wetland Habitats
John E. Maile   
Private Land Wildlife Habitat Specialist
Department of Natural Resources
10 First Street SW
Glenwood, MN 56334
Phone: 320-634-7344
email: john.maile@state.mn.us

Brushland & Forest Habitats
Jodie Provost
Private Land Wildlife Habitat Specialist
Department of Natural Resources
1200 Minnesota Ave. S.
Aitkin, MN  56431
Phone: 218-927-2982 x249
Email: Jodie.provost@state.mn.us

Contact Minnesota DNR Wildlife Habitat Program – Private Land Habitat

Contact Minnesota DNR Wildlife Habitat Program – Private Land Habitat

500 Lafayette Road
Department of Natural Resources
St. Paul, Minnesota  55155-4040
Phone: (651) 296-6157
Toll Free: 1-888-646-6367


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Minnesota