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Published April 04, 2013, 05:58 PM

Senate approves heritage fund plan

The North Dakota legislature has decided to move forward with a plan to create an outdoor heritage fund. The Senate approved the bill Thursday afternoon.

The North Dakota legislature has decided to move forward with a plan to create an outdoor heritage fund. The Senate approved the bill Thursday afternoon. Four percent of oil and gas tax revenue will be used to establish the conservation fund, with a cap of 15 million dollars per year. The money could be used for providing access to public and private lands, restoring fish and wildlife habitats, conserving natural areas for recreation, and developing parks. An advisory board will oversee the funding and the Industrial Commission will have the final approval of projects. House bill 1278 now goes to the Governor.

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