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Funding available for all wildlife projects

Local conservation organizations and outdoors clubs that want to improve wildlife habitat have until Friday, Feb. 12, to apply for a Heritage Enhancement Grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

"These grant dollars are available for large and small projects, so we're encouraging proposals from all size organizations," said Leslie Tannahill, conservation grants coordinator for the DNR. "Eligible projects include activities such as grassland plantings, brushland 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 of these funds.

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 Web site, via e-mail at leslie.tannahill@  or by calling 651-259-5242.