Private Land Open To Sportsmen (PLOTS)

Sponsoring Agency or Organization

Contact: Kevin Kading


Phone: 701-328-6371

Program details

Private Land Initiative (PLI) – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s mission is to protect, conserve, and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitats for sustained public use. The Private Land Initiative is the Department’s overall mechanism for applying this mission onto the private landscape of North Dakota.

The PLI has three main goals:

1) Conservation of habitats for fish and wildlife populations.
2) Provide landowners interested in wildlife
conservation with cost share assistance for
developing and protecting wildlife habitat.
3) Provide the public with opportunities to access fish and wildlife resources on private land. The primary focus of this goal is hunting access.

The PLI is funded with revenue from the sale of Habitat Stamps, hunting license fees and the interest accrued from the Department’s general fund balance. Four full-time employees located in the Department’s central office in Bismarck head up this initiative and administer its budget, while eight full-time employees located in district field offices work with district biologists and local landowners to provide for delivery of the programs. PLI provides financial and technical assistance to private landowners through the following array of components and activities.

Planning and Evaluation

Manual or Plan

This program has a manual or plan: Yes

Comments: Complete plan can be located at:


This program is evaluated: Yes

Comments: We have completed hunters surveys several different years and are in the process of doing landowner surveys.

Download evaluation:
Metrics used to measure success and evaluate this program:
  • Number of acres
  • Habitat type or quality
  • General, unstructured feedback from hunters
  • Informal after-season evaluations
  • Formal after-season evaluations
  • Multi-year evaluations of participant landowners
  • Multi-year evaluations of participant hunters
  • Hunter surveys
  • Landowner surveys
How effective is the program at meeting your objectives?: Very effective
Would you recommend other agencies/organizations use this model?: Don't Know
Program Size

Minimum Property Size: 80 acres

Acres Enrolled: 1,000,000

Number of Landowners Participating: 2,500


Cost Type: Annual cost

Program cost: $4 million