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Conservation grants available for helping prairies, forests, wetlands

Organizations interested in applying for a grant to help fund projects that restore, enhance or protect Minnesota's prairies, forests and wetlands have until Wednesday, Sept. 26 to do so.

The 2013 Conservation Partners Legacy Grant program offers a total of $4.6 million dollars to qualified projects. Applications and complete details are available online at

Smaller projects ranging from $5,000-$50,000 submitted under the new Expedited Conservation Projects (ECP) program are not subject to the deadline. These requests must use commonly accepted and practiced restoration and enhancement activities. ECP applications will be accepted and awarded continuously through May 15, 2013.

During the first three years of the program, 140 grants totaling $10.3 million have been awarded for conservation projects.

The CPL program is funded through the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which is part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment passed by Minnesota voters in 2008.