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ND commission OKs conservation fund grants

North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund
North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved $2.5 million for 17 projects under the state's new Outdoor Heritage Fund.

The Legislature established the fund last year. It will receive up to $15 million annually from oil and gas taxes.

The goal is to restore land affected by energy production and to develop such things as fish and wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation areas.

The panel approved $5.8 million for 17 projects in January.

The biggest grant awarded Tuesday in the second round was $305,000 for a woodland trail and access to the Souris River in Minot.

Four other projects each received $300,000 in funding.