Grants available for habitat projects through We Energies

Fish and wildlife pre-proposals due March 15

MARQUETTE – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has grant funding available from We Energies for a range of projects associated with hydroelectric dams in a three-county area in the western Upper Peninsula.

“An agreement with We Energies was reached previously to establish funds to benefit natural systems impacted by the continued operation of hydroelectric dams,” said Elle Gulotty, a resource analyst with the DNR Fisheries Division Habitat Management Unit. “This grant program offers an exciting opportunity for folks to protect, learn about and improve natural resources in their area.”

The grant projects are intended to mitigate, improve and enhance fish and wildlife habitat around Wilderness Shores Settlement Agreement hydroelectric projects, which includes portions of Iron, Dickinson and Menominee counties.

Each year, more than $100,000 in grant funding is made available. Matching contributions to these projects are strongly encouraged.

Local conservation districts, units of government, non-profit groups, watershed partnerships, individuals and others have previously applied for these grant program funds.

Grant pre-proposals are due by March 15.

Interested applicants should first contact Elle Gulotty at the DNR’s Marquette Customer Service Center at 906-228-6561.

Application review and funding is approved through a formal Mitigation and Enhancement Fund application process, with decisions made by the Implementation Team as defined in the Wilderness Shores Settlement Agreement.

For more information on grant programs in Michigan, go to the DNR’s webpage at