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