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Minnesota DNR launches grants for invasive aquatic plant management
Minnesota Ag Connection - 11/17/2023

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the availability of grants for lake associations and other groups. These grants are specifically aimed at projects that manage invasive aquatic plants, which pose a threat to native plant diversity and lake recreation.

Interested groups can begin submitting their applications starting from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 17, with a deadline set for 9 a.m. on Monday, December 11. Unlike the process for the 2023 grants, applicants won't need an invasive aquatic plant management permit at the time of applying for the grant. Permits can be obtained after receiving a grant, as part of the grant work plan.

Application materials and comprehensive details about the grant program are accessible through the DNR website . This resource provides guidance for applicants and outlines the objectives and requirements of the grant program.

The DNR aims to minimize the harmful impacts caused by invasive aquatic plants while ensuring the protection and sustainable use of lake habitats. These plants, being non-native, can significantly disrupt the ecological balance of lakes.

For additional information or specific queries, applicants can reach out to Angelique Dahlberg, the DNR’s aquatic invasive species research and grants coordinator, via email at angelique.dahlberg@state.mn.us.

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