Group offers 30 projects to improve outdoors | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

Group offers 30 projects to improve outdoors

Posted: December 14, 2011 - 12:31pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An advisory group is recommending 30 projects that would help restore prairie land, wetlands and forests across the state. The projects would cost more than $97 million.

The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council was asked to recommend how to invest Legacy Amendment money for the outdoors. The group finalized 30 projects Tuesday.

A Minnesota Public Radio report (http://bit.ly/vsS3YH ) says one suggestion is to buy a 2,000-acre parcel and turn it over to Crow Wing County to add to its forest system.

Other suggestions include giving the state Department of Natural Resources $3 million to help control Asian carp; and allocating $4.6 million for The Nature Conservancy to acquire native prairie and savanna and restore grasslands.

The state Legislature will consider the recommendations next year.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.