North Dakota Industrial Commission awards more than $ 1.6 million in grants from the Outdoor Heritage Fund

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BISMARCK – The North Dakota Industrial Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 19 approved $ 1,666,000 in matching grants from the Outer Heritage Fund for four conservation and recreation projects benefiting North Dakotas across the state. The funding, generated by tax revenues from oil and gas production, supports projects such as access to public and private land for athletes, stewardship practices in agriculture and livestock, preservation of fish and wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation areas.

“These projects will have a lasting impact on the rural landscape of North Dakota,” Commission members said in a joint statement. “We appreciate the work of the applicants in developing these projects and in improving the quality of life for all of North Dakotas.”

Approved projects include:

  • North Dakota Natural Resource Trust – $ 985,000: Provide cost sharing for fencing and water improvements to help landowners transition from expired conservation reserve program contracts to agricultural production.

  • North Dakota Petroleum Foundation – $ 371,000: Provide trees and shrubs for large-scale planting projects to private landowners and city and county parks. About 70,000 trees will be planted.

  • North Dakota Department of Agriculture – $ 300,000: Protect and improve soil health by ensuring cost sharing for planting cover crops.

  • Town of Coleharbor – $ 10,000: New play equipment for the city park.

The Industrial Commission, which oversees the Outdoor Heritage Fund, consists of Governor Doug Burgum as Chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.

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Applications for the next round of OFF funding, which is available to state agencies, tribal governments, political subdivisions, and nonprofits, are due on March 1, 2022.

More information: nd.gov/ndic/outdoor-infopage.htm.

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