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Fish, wildlife grant program up and running

With a Nov. 3 deadline for submitting applications for the new Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL), interested organizations should start working now on project details.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $400,000 will be awarded for projects that restore, enhance or protect fish and wildlife habitat on lands permanently protected by conservation easements or public ownership. Local, state and federal non-profit organizations, along with governmental entities, are eligible to apply.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) administers the CPL grant program for the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSHOC).

Grant applicants are encouraged to work with a public land manager to complete the online project planning form and then begin to prepare the actual grant application. Complete details are available online.

The CPL grant program is a direct result of the decision by voters during the November 2008 election to increase the state sales tax by 3/8 of one percent with one-third of the receipts earmarked for fish and wildlife habitat projects.