Heritage museum receives funding

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RANGELEY – The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund board of directors recently awarded $410,689 in supporting grants to 28 wildlife, conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the state.

A grant of $10,000 will fund displays at the Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum to illustrate the history, current programs and future plans of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries.

The goal of the museum will be to preserve and protect outdoor sporting artifacts of the Rangeley region and encourage residents and visitors to learn more about the area’s traditions and history. This is the second outdoor heritage grant given to the museum project.

The outdoor heritage program is funded by an instant lottery ticket, the only dedicated ticket sold by the Maine State Lottery. The program was created in 1995 through a joint petition drive by the Maine Audubon Society and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. The Maine Legislature enacted the program in 1996 as an additional source of funding for outdoor projects.

Outdoor heritage grants are awarded twice a year and distributed in four categories: fisheries and wildlife conservation, acquisition and management of public lands; endangered and threatened species conservation; and natural resources law enforcement. Over the last 10 years the Outdoor Heritage Fund has awarded more than $12 million to more than 500 projects from Kittery to Fort Kent.

Nonprofit organizations may apply for grants in partnership with one of the state’s natural resource agencies. To learn more about how to apply for a grant, call 458-8421 or visit the Web site at www.maine.gov/ifw/outdoorheritage.

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