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Outdoor Heritage Fund

On November 4, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the constitution to: protect drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve arts and cultural heritage; to support parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.

BWSR has received appropriations from two of the four funds that were created by the amendment: The Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) and the Clean Water Fund.

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BWSR appropriations from the Outdoor Heritage Fund

Fiscal Year 2011

RIM-WRP Partnership

Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment logoBWSR received $6.895 Million from the OHF, as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC), for the Reinvest In Minnesota Reserve-Wetlands Reserve Program (RIM-WRP) Partnership.

BWSR and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced in a July 15, 2010 news release that 7,504 acres of wetlands and grasslands will be restored through RIM-WRP. A total of $8.37 million in state RIM Reserve funds -- including $6.895 million from the Outdoor Heritage Fund -- made it possible to leverage $13.75 million in federal WRP dollars.

Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program

BWSR’s partnership with the Army National Guard, the Minnesota DNR, and local soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) has led to easements being acquired on privately owned lands surrounding the Camp Ripley installation in Little Falls. BWSR provides easement acquisition services on a fee-for-service basis to the Army National Guard for its Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program. Participating landowners voluntarily enroll in an easement and agree to keep the land in a natural state or in agricultural production, but not to subdivide it or convert it to other commercial or residential uses. The project insures that development in nearby Fort Ripley does not encroach on key areas near Camp Ripley.

BWSR received $618,000 from the OHF, as recommended by the LSOHC, for ACUB easments on privately owned lands near Camp Ripley. The easements are adjacent to the Little Nokasippi River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Crow Wing County.

Fiscal Year 2010

RIM-WRP Partnership

BWSR Received $9.058 Million from the OHF, as recommended by the LSOHC, plus $6.9 Million in state bonding dollars ($16 Million total state dollars), which:

The RIM-WRP Partnership supports the following LSOHC Priorities:

Grant Purpose and Grant Criteria:

Priority Actions for the Forest/Prairie Transition Section:

Protect, enhance and restore wild rice wetlands, shallow lakes, wetland/grassland complexes, and shoreland that provide critical habitat for game and non-game wildlife.

Priority Actions for the Prairie Section:

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