The Minnesota legislature allocated $2 million in Forest Protection Reserve funds from the Outdoor Heritage Fund (MN Laws 2009 Chapter 172, Article 1, Section 7) to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). These funds were allocated for the purpose of issuing grants to aid municipalities and organizations in preparing for new infestations of emerald ash borer (EAB) or to respond to existing infestations of the invasive insect pest. MDA was also to use up to $125,000 to update the state's invasive and exotic tree pest plans.
MDA convened the Forest Protection Reserve Advisory Committee (including state legislators, Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, federal and state agencies, tribes, local units of government, University of Minnesota, and industry and non-profit groups) to guide MDA in accomplishing the tasks associated with the appropriation. Subsequently, MDA announced the recipients of $1.875 million in Forest Protection Reserve Grants in January 2010.
MDA created two Forest Protection Reserve Grant Programs:
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