Conservation PLOTS (Private Land Open To Sportsmen) - Feature short-term and long-term wildlife habitat and food programs.
- Beginning Farmer or Rancher Program - provides up-front payment for long term rental contracts to producers purchasing land in exchange for conservation practices, habitat development and public access through Natural Resources Trust Program.
- CoverLocks (CREP) - uses USDA's Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) to establish 20 acre habitat complexes (15 ac. Grass and 5 ac. Trees) along priority watersheds and provides public access to the 160 acres encompassing the complex for a period of 30 years.
- CRP Cost-sharing Program - assists in habitat establishment (grass, trees, and food) and provides public access on Conservation Reserve Program acres.
- Food Plot Program - single-year and multi-year establishment and rental contracts to provide wildlife food and public access.
- Habitat Plot Program - multi-year rental contracts to create/protect/enhance habitat and provide public access.
- Private Forest Conservation Program - multi-year rental contracts to protect/enhance unique forest tracts and provide public access.
- Tree Planting Cost-sharing Program - provides assistance with the establishment costs of tree plantings. The goal of this program is to enhance wildlife habitat and conservation on private land. This program provides higher incentives to producers who provide public access.
- Working Lands Program - two-year rental contracts to recognize and reward landowners for activities and resources that have a positive impact on wildlife habitat without requiring land retirement and provide public access.
- WRP (Wetlands Reserve Program) Incentive is a partnership program between USDA and North Dakota Game and Fish Department, which provides additional incentives to producers enrolling their land in WRP. The primary purpose of WRP Incentive is to restore, protect or enhance wetlands and uplands on private property and provide public access.
For more information on these programs contact the Private Land Programs biologist nearest you. See map showing the location of Private Land Programs personnel.