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Published September 18, 2013, 08:41 AM

Wade Moser to lead conservation fund advisory board

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The former longtime administrator of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association has been elected chairman of an advisory board for a new state conservation fund.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The former longtime administrator of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association has been elected chairman of an advisory board for a new state conservation fund.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that members of the 12-person board met for the first time Monday and elected Wade Moser as leader. Moser retired as the executive vice president of the state's largest rancher group about five years ago, after 26 years in the position.

The North Dakota Outdoor Heritage fund established this year by the Legislature will receive up to $15 million annually from oil and gas taxes. The goal is to restore land affected by energy production and to develop such things as fish and wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation areas.

The board on Monday began setting up procedures for doling out grants.

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