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Dane County awards conservation grants

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and the Dane County Environmental Council on Wednesday announced $12,700 in grants for 16 projects to restore natural areas and promote conservation in Dane County.

Projects include prairie restoration near Cross Plains, Westport and Middleton; new environmental education programs at the Madison Children’s Museum, Cambridge, and Cherokee Marsh; and improved hiking trails near Verona and Brooklyn.

The Dane County Environmental Grants Program awards grants every year to nonprofit community organizations, school districts and municipalities. All projects must take place in Dane County and provide a benefit to Dane County residents.

Money for these grants is provided through the county’s Land and Water Legacy Initiative and donations from local businesses and individuals.  Most grant recipients also provide matching funds in order to complete their projects, according to a press release.

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