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North Dakota conservation fund tallies $24.5 million in projects over 2 years though below cap

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — A fund aimed at conservation and recreation projects in North Dakota has fallen short of its two-year $30 million cap, due in part to slumping oil prices.

The North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund established two years ago by the Legislature was to receive up to $15 million annually from a percentage of oil and gas production taxes.

The North Dakota Industrial Commission awarded about $4.4 million for 19 projects on Wednesday in the final grant round of the current two-year budget cycle.

The approval bumped the total spent this biennium to about $23.5 million for more than 80 projects.

The goal of the fund is to restore land affected by energy production and to develop such things as fish and wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation areas.

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