- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has awarded nearly $1.1 million in grants to improve habitats for game animals.

The agency announced the grants Wednesday for about 20 conservation and nonprofit organizations as well as local governments and landowners. The grants are funded with revenue from state hunting and fishing license sales.

DNR Wildlife Division chief Russ Mason says the program helps manage Michigan’s woods and waterways and ensures there are “quality hunting opportunities” throughout the state. He says hunting generates more than $2.3 billion for the state’s economy.

Projects receiving grants include expanding wetlands to improve waterfowl habitat and increasing food and shelter for white-tailed deer.

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