Planting for the Future project will add 55,000 trees in North Dakota

AMY DALRYMPLE Bismarck Tribune

About 55,000 trees will be planted in North Dakota over the next few years through a partnership involving the state Outdoor Heritage Fund, the oil and gas industry and private landowners.

The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved last week about $108,000 in grant funding to support a tree habitat program proposed by the North Dakota Petroleum Council.

The Planting for the Future project will involve 30 tree planting projects, with the first six planned for Burleigh, Kidder, Emmons and Wells counties in central North Dakota.

Private landowners in Morton and Stark counties also have expressed strong interest, said Tessa Sandstrom, spokeswoman for the Petroleum Council.