Outdoor Plans OK’d

The newly created Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council Monday recommended that legislators spend $65 million on 18 projects in 77 counties.

The council, funded by a half-percent sales tax that voters approved last November, received $250 million in project requests. The projects must be approved by lawmakers before they receive funding.

The council focused on projects that are nearly ready to begin. Projects mostly are involved with protection, restoration and enhancement of the outdoors.

Projects would protect 210,000 acres of land and more than 300 miles of shoreline.