The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is inviting grant proposals for projects that would restore native shoreline vegetation across the state. The program provides cost share grants to counties, cities, watershed districts, other local units of government, conservation groups, and lake associations with funds from state lottery proceeds. Projects on private properties will have at least 75 percent of the frontage restored with an adjacent buffer zone that is at least 25 feet deep or wide. The focus of these projects must be on re-establishing vegetation for fish and wildlife habitat.
Applications for grants are available on mndnr.gov/grants/habitat/shoreland.html or by calling the DNR at (888) 646-6367. Applications are due Oct. 1, 2010.