The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved $ 5.8 million on Tuesday, July 27th from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which grants grants to 16 conservation and recreation projects for the benefit of North Dakotans across the state. The funds generated from tax revenues from oil and gas production support projects such as access to public and private land for athletes, agricultural and ranching practices, the preservation of fish and wildlife habitats and outdoor recreation areas.
The approved projects include:
- $ 591,200 – Audubon Dakota: Restore fallow urban floodplains and riverside areas in 10 locations spanning 320 acres to create healthy bird and other wildlife habitats, reduce public landowner maintenance, and provide unique recreational and educational opportunities in the Outdoor offer.
- $ 69,115 – Bowman Parks and Recreation: Assistance with the outdoor aspects of a new shooting range in the Bowman and Rhame area.
- $ 10,000 – Center Park Board: New playground equipment for Lehmkuhl Park in Center.
- $ 6,471 – Dunn County Park Board: Creation of a nature play area in County Park at Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge that includes a pollinator field, animal trail, water feature, climbers, assembly point, and construction and demolition framework, eagle nest and various shelters.
- $ 55,250 – Enderlin Park Board: Stabilize the west bank of the Maple River along Patrick Pierce Park with Rock Rip Rap to prevent erosion and provide a safe place for recreation.
- $ 21,605 – Glen Ullin Park District: Create fishing opportunities by dredging the city dam and installing a fishing dock.
- $ 25,370 – Mountrail County: Plant trees to provide shade for pavilions to be built in Clear Lake Park.
- US $ 300,000 – NDSU North Dakota Forest Service: Provides financial assistance to landowners in renovating dead and deteriorating windbreaks.
- $ 42,525 – Barnes County Park Board: Develop a 42-acre county park on the west side of Valley City and a 1.4 mile trail on a former railroad bed that joins an existing shared path for a 2.8 mile trail to the city center with an orchard and pollinator area.
- $ 170,000 – Barnes County Park Board: Develop a 180 mile waterway with 19 paddle landings through 3 counties (Richland, Ransom and Barnes) from Baldhill Dam to Sheyenne National Grassland.
- $ 196,356 – Little Missouri Grazing Association: Earn 8,314 Animal Unit Month (AUMs) from Pastures, implement prescribed grazing strategies to improve native grasses and herbs, improve wildlife habitat, and improve water quality.
- $ 245,800 – Medora Grazing Association: Developing four partially clogged oil / gas wells in Billings County to water wells to help sustain livestock grazing, improve wildlife habitat, and improve water quality.
- $ 2.55 million – North Dakota Conservation District Employees Association: Provided financial assistance to landowners for the installation of conservation trees.
- $ 1.27 million – North Dakota Natural Resources Trust: Increase Water Supply to Farm Animals and Implementation
- Fences for rotary grazing systems to ensure future drought resilience.
- $ 240,000 – North Dakota Natural Resources Trust: Partnership with private landowners to create, improve and restore 20 wetland habitats spanning 112 acres in North Dakota for the benefit of wildlife populations and ranching.
- $ 10,000 State Historical Society of North Dakota: Install a nature-inspired playground structure at the Writing Rock State Historic Site in western Divide County.
The Industry Commission overseeing the Outdoor Heritage Fund is made up of Governor Doug Burgum as chair, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.
The next deadline for submitting grant applications from government agencies, tribal governments, political divisions and nonprofits is September 1, 2021. For more information on the program, including the application process, visit the Outdoor Heritage Fund website at http://www.nd. gov / ndic / outdoor-infopage.htm.