Arlington, Va.–Trout Unlimited (TU) chapters in Minnesota will receive $2,050,000 from Minnesota’s newly created Outdoor Heritage Fund for 12 specific on-the-ground projects in 10 Minnesota counties.
The grant, which becomes available July 1, will be used to restore over 14 miles of coldwater habitat throughout the state. The state’s seven TU chapters will complete the work over the next two years.
“We are honored to be given this opportunity to restore coldwater habitat for the citizens of Minnesota”, said John Lenczewski, TU’s Minnesota Council Chair.
The funding comes from a state Outdoor Heritage Fund which was created as a result of a constitutional amendment passed by state voters in 2008. For the next 25 years, 33 percent of a new state sales tax will be dedicated to the restoration, protection and enhancement of wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for fish, game and wildlife.
The following projects will be funded by the grant: Hay Creek, in Goodhue County; Kabekona Creek in Hubbard County; Lawndale Creek in Wilkin County; Little Rock Creek in Benton County; Whitewater River in Olmsted County; Mill Creek in Fillmore County; Pickwick Creek in Winona County; Trout Run Creek in Fillmore County; Straight River in Becker and Hubbard counties; Sucker River in St. Louis County and two projects on the Vermillion River in Dakota County.
“Habitat restoration improves wild trout fisheries and increases Minnesota anglers’ enjoyment of our coldwater ecosystems,” Lenczewski continued. “This tangibly reconnects people to the land and motivates them to support watershed improvements.”
Trout Unlimited is the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization, with 140,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.