The DNR's Heritage Enhancement Fund, which includes revenues from a portion of the sales tax from state lottery sales, has contributed $476,000 to help fund the following projects:
-- Ducks Unlimited, repair washed out dikes and rebuild main water control structures, $60,000;
-- Fox Lake Conservation, convert non-native cool season grasses to natives, remove trees, $8,000;
-- Minn. Federation of Field Trial Clubs, restore and improve habitat, $12,500;
-- Minn. Prairie Chicken Society, restore native prairie, $60,000;
-- MSGS, shear or hydro-axe over mature brush, $93,247;
-- National Wild Turkey Federation, prescribed burns, direct seed hardwood trees, $11,000;
-- Padua Conservation Club, prescribed burns, $8,000;
-- Pheasants Forever, prairie/grassland management, $125,000;
-- Red Wing Wildlife League, habitat improvement of native prairie and oak, $20,000;
-- St. Paul Audubon Society, woody specie removal, firebreaks, prescribed burns, $17,985;
-- The Nature Conservancy, assist DNR staff in prescribed burns $46,268;
-- Waukon RIM, tree removal on prairies/grassland, $14,000.
DNR offers grants
to enforce trails
Financial grants totaling $315,000 are available from the DNR to counties and cities for snowmobile trail enforcement in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005.
Reimbursement grants to cities start at $1,000. Reimbursement grants to counties are based on snowmobile trail miles within the county, numbers of snowmobiles registered in the county, size of the county, population and participation.
Announcements and information regarding funding availability and procedures will be sent to all eligible Minnesota law enforcement agencies via the Criminal Justice Information System. Application materials and reporting forms will be placed on the Minnesota DNR Web site announcing this program, or sent to successful applicants. The application deadline is Dec. 15 and successful applicants will be notified by Dec. 31.
of the week
Now is the time of year when many property owners prune their trees. When and how should trees be trimmed?
"Removing unwanted branches improperly and at the wrong time of the year can stress and damage trees," said Bill Glesener, a DNR forester in International Falls. "The best time to prune trees is in fall after the leaves have fallen. Most of the energy the tree produced over the year has been sent to the roots for storage, so removal of unwanted branches has a lesser impact on the tree's health. When removing a branch make sure not to cut into the branch collar of the tree, where the branch meets the trunk. Don't remove more than one-third of the live crown of the tree."
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