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$15 Million ND Outdoor Heritage Fund Hears Proposals

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A new group is figuring out how to best use your tax dollars to help preserve and improve the outdoors in North Dakota.

Governor Dalrymple chose 12 people to be on an Advisory Board that recommends projects to the State Industrial Commission.

The legislature approved $15 million from oil and gas taxes to go into an outdoor heritage fund for projects.

The goal is to restore land affected by energy production and create outdoor recreation, fishing and wildlife areas.

Chairman Wade Moser says they're looking for projects that will still be up and running many years down the road.

"Once this money is put on the ground for projects, have you got the capability and the funding from there to maintain the project and make sure it doesn't end in ruin? So that is one of the questions, in fact, that is one of the ranking criteria that we have to make sure there's some follow up and management after that project is completed," Moser said.

The board will decide tomorrow which projects should get funding.

Moser says a final decision will be made by the Industrial Commission later this month.

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