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Funding available for Minnesota wildlife projects

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

-- Conservation organizations and outdoors clubs that want to improve Minnesota wildlife habitat have until Feb. 12 to apply for a Heritage Enhancement Grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Grant dollars are available for large and small projects. Eligible projects include activities such as grassland plantings, brush land shearing, wetland restoration and oak savannah plantings on state wildlife management areas.

In addition to the $445,000 available for Heritage Enhancement grants, a new Turkey Stamp Habitat Grant program makes an additional $15,000 available to local conservation organizations for projects to improve turkey habitat on either public or private lands.

Private individuals are not eligible to apply for either grant fund.

This is the ninth year the DNR is offering Heritage Enhancement grants, which are funded by a special account within the Game and Fish Fund. Dollars from turkey stamp sales fund Turkey Stamp Habitat grants.

The DNR’s Fish and Wildlife Division administers both grant programs in cooperation with local DNR wildlife managers. Work funded by either grant program must be completed by June 30, 2013.

Applications and information packages are available now on the DNR website at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/habitat/heritage.html, via e-mail at leslie.tannahill@ state.mn.us  or by calling (651) 259-5242.

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