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Partnership project will plant 55,000 trees in North Dakota

December 18, 2017
This photo taken Dec. 14, 2017, shows Dave Nehring, a member of the North Dakota Pheasants Forever, kneeling in a privately owned plot of land filled with cedar and juniper trees planted in 2014 for one of the Outdoor Heritage Fund tree planting projects to increase wildlife habitat southeast of McKenzie. Nehring is also on the advisory board for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota tree habitat project involving the state, the oil and gas industry and private landowners will plant about 55,000 trees in the state over the next few years.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the North Dakota Industrial Commission approved $108,000 in grant funding last week to support the Planting for the Future project. The plan was proposed by the North Dakota Petroleum Council and will involve 30 tree planting projects.

Private landowners will help plant, water and maintain the trees.

The Public Service Commission requires companies to replace two trees for every one removed during pipeline construction. Oneok is a company that gathers and processes natural gas in western North Dakota. They will plant 20,000 of the project’s trees to satisfy the requirement.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com