- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An advisory board for North Dakota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund has recommended 16 grant applications totaling $5.2 million to state officials for approval.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1GrZfnB ) the board forwarded proposals to the Industrial Commission this week that include preserving wetlands and creating a fitness loop around Patterson Lake. The proposed projects total $19.3 million.

Board chairman Wade Moser says the commission will consider the recommendations in January. The board selected the projects from a pool of 23 applications.

Moser says the largest recommendation is $1.2 million for the state to provide wetland preservation incentives to landowners. He says landowners have been calling the state Agriculture Department as funding has dwindled for the program.

The fund provides money for conservation projects and outdoor recreation areas. Grants come from oil and gas gross production tax revenues.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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