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On November 4, 2008, Minnesota voters were asked an important question when they took to the polls in fall elections:

The Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment

Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to dedicate funding to protect our drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore our wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve our arts and cultural heritage; to support our parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater by increasing the sales and use tax rate beginning July 1, 2009, by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales until the year 2034?

Over 1.6 million Minnesotans, or 56 percent, voted YES and the amendment passed.

Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC)

What is LSOHC? Scroll down for more information

September 25, 2013

Politics in Minnesota article - Lessard-Sams recommends $102 million in habitat projects for 2014

MN Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) proposal captures allocation of $3.65 million to Local Government Units for AIS decontamination equipment prevention.  READ FULL ARTICLE

September 24, 2013

September 20th the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council met and allocated $102,950,000 towards 36 proposals out of 50 proposals submitted. This is for FY 2015 and funds could be available as early as July 1, 2014.

MN Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) was awarded $3.65M for statewide AIS decontamination equipment.

Breakdown Results of Allocation

June 13, 2013

Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) submitted an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) grant proposal for $25.1 million.  Decontamination (boat washing) equipment would be made available to all statewide Local Government Units via a grant program to prevent the spread of AIS, especially zebra mussels and AIS such as hydrilla that is not yet in Minnesota.

The Council received 56 proposals totaling over $269 million.

MN COLA Proposal Summary

MN COLA will be giving a formal presentation to the Council on September 4, 2013 highlighting the proposal.

April 2013

FY2015 LSOHC Call for Funding Request

The FY2015 Call for Request was issued on April 9, 2013 with a deadline for submitting on June 13, 2013.

Aquatic Invasive Species - Emphasis Area for Fiscal Year 2015
Programs Protecting, Restoring or Enhancing Fish Habitat Under Unique or Special Threat-requests conserving threatened fish habitat, especially habitat threatened by aquatic invasive species.

About Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC)

The Council, composed of twelve members (eight citizens and four legislator), makes recommendations to the Legislature for funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF).  The OHF was established as result of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment, passed in November of 2008.   This amendment established a dedicated sales tax increase of 3/8th of one-percent.  One-third of the dollars raised are deposited in the Outdoor Heritage Fund.

As an example:

May 3, 2012 - The Legacy Act bill, calls for $100 million in spending for outdoors projects.Gov. Mark Dayton signed SF 2493 . It passed in the House, 75-56; and the Senate, 61-4.The bill appropriates $100 million from the Legacy Act sales tax revenue for outdoors projects, with $24.6 million for prairies, $15.3 million to forests, $31.1 million to wetlands, $28.6 million for habitat, and $220,000 for administration. More than $30 million will be used for land purchases.Some highlights:

  • $11 million for the Mississippi Northwoods Habitat Complex near Brainerd
  • $8.5 million for barriers to block invasive fish
  • $4 million for an aquatic invasive species research center at the University of Minnesota