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North Dakota Industrial Commission awards $5.2 million for conservation, recreation projects

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission awarded $5.2 million in grants for conservation and recreation projects Thursday, June 20.

More than half of the Outdoor Heritage Fund money went to a $3.1 million proposal from the North Dakota Conservation District Employees Association to help "implement agroforestry practices" such as windbreaks and riparian plantings. Another $1.2 million was set aside for a North Dakota Natural Resources Trust project to provide landowners with options to develop expired Conservation Reserve Program acres into working grazing lands.

The approval marked the 14th round of grant awards since lawmakers created the Outdoor Heritage Fund in 2013 by setting aside some oil and gas production tax revenue.

The next deadline for grant applications is Nov. 1.

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