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Grant program accepting applications

Minnesota's Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grant program is accepting applications for the Expedited Conservation Projects grant cycle.

ECP grants fund eligible activities that restore or enhance forests, wetlands, prairies or habitat for fish, game and wildlife on public lands and waters in Minnesota.

More than $900,000 recently was awarded through 24 projects during the first round of ECP grants, and $2 million remains for future grant rounds.

Program officials now are accepting applications for the second round of ECP grants.

Grant requests may range from $5,000 to $50,000, with a maximum total project cost of $575,000. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to apply, and a 10 percent match of non-state funds is required. Apply online by 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

Funding for the CPL program comes from the Outdoor Heritage Fund.

For more information, email

-- Minnesota DNR

DNR seeks heritage committee applicants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for citizens with a strong interest in the state's native prairies, forests and wetlands and the wildlife in them to apply for a position on a key advisory board.

The Commissioner's Advisory Committee on Natural Heritage has four vacancies. Appointees will be responsible for advising the DNR on issues related to sustaining the state's natural heritage and biological diversity.

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12

Since 1966, the committee has made recommendations and given support to state scientific and natural areas, in which native plant communities and rare wildlife species are protected. The committee now also advises other programs within the DNR's Ecological and Water Resources Division, including nongame wildlife, Minnesota Biological Survey, prairie protection, rare resources, wetland monitoring and terrestrial invasive species.

Any Minnesota resident with interest or expertise in sustaining the state's natural heritage may apply online until the 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 deadline at Applicants should have knowledge, demonstrated dedication or experience related to natural area systems, conservation biology, ecology, geology, environmental education, natural resource management, protection of Minnesota's rare species, or marketing, communication or promotions focused on natural resources.

Committee members are expected to participate in five meetings per year, each four to five hours long, plus a one- to two-day field trip. Members also may choose to participate in subcommittees or other meeting preparation. The DNR commissioner will appoint committee members for terms of up to five years starting in January.

For more information, check out the committee's website at

-- Minnesota DNR