Crow Wing River ATV crossing awarded Ecofootprint Grant

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The Akeley/Paul Bunyan All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Club in Akeley is the recipient of an Enbridge $54,000 Ecofootprint Grant.

Funds donated to the group will support efforts to design and build a safe crossing for ATV traffic using the Heartland trail system. Akeley/Paul Bunyan ATV Club sought assistance from the Giziibii Resource Conservation and Development Association (RC&D) to serve as fiscal agent for this part of the project. Total project costs are estimated to be $200,000. Additional grant funds are being sought from the MN DNR Federal Recreational Trail Program. City of Akeley is the applicant for the DNR funding request.

Giziibii RC&D is a nonprofit organization working in the region to provide project planning, grant writing and fiscal management services to community groups. More information about Giziibii RC&D can be found by contacting Colleen Oestreich at grcd@paulbunyan.net.

Enbridge announced 17 recipients of the 2017 Ecofootprint Grant Program. This year, the program will provide $1.1 million in funding to help protect and restore the natural environment in communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, along the Line 3 Replacement project route.

The Hubbard County Soil & Water Conservation District will also receive Enbridge Ecofootprint grant funding for 2017 for two projects:

• Assist with Deerview Road stormwater and erosion reduction.

• Assist Pine Haven Camp to correct stormwater and erosion issues impacting Long Lake.

Enbridge has provided a total of $3 million in funding over three years to help protect and restore the natural environment in communities in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin along existing and proposed pipeline routes. Eligible organizations include non-profit 501(c)3 organizations, Native American tribes, local governments and post-secondary academic institutions. Enbridge enlists the Minnesota Association of Resource Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils to administer the grant program. More information about the grant program can be found by visitingwww.minnesotarcd.org or Enbridge.com/ecofootprintgrant for details.

Over the past 65 years, Enbridge has become a leader in the safe and reliable delivery of energy in North America and is proud to be recognized as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World for the eighth straight year.