North Dakota panel awards $648,000 in conservation grants

BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved more than $648,000 in conservation grants for six projects across the state Friday, Sept. 14.
From left, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, Gov. Doug Burgum and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem hold an Industrial Commission meeting Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the state Capitol. John Hageman / Forum News Service

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved more than $648,000 in conservation grants for six projects across the state Friday, Sept. 14.

The money came from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which is backed by oil and gas production tax revenue. It represented the 12th round of grant funding since the program was established in 2013.

The largest award, nearly $212,000, went to the McLean County Water Resource Board for constructing a high-flow channel on Painted Woods Lake and wildlife enhancements. The North Dakota Natural Resources Trust received $138,850 for improving accessibility and informational materials for recreational opportunities on the Sheyenne River, according to a news release.

The Bismarck Parks and Recreation District was awarded $98,371 for stabilizing a portion of the Hay Creek bank. The Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society in Fargo received $33,601 for creating an edible forest.

The Industrial Commission consists of Gov. Doug Burgum, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.