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      State awards grants for deer habitat improvements

      The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is awarding grants to organizations and individual landowners to improve whitetail deer habitat on private land in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.

      Habitat biologist Brian Piccolo says $50,000 will be divided among 12 successful applicants.

      Many of the grants will pay for plantings of fruit- and nut-bearing trees, which provide a long-term food source for deer and other wildlife. Each grant recipient must provide at least a 25 percent cost share and finish the work before Sept. 30.

      A landowner in Montmorency County is getting $2,000 to plant 300 oak and 300 northern white cedar seedlings, while the Lost Lake Woods Association will receive $6,477 to plant 25 oak and 50 apple trees and 25 highbush cranberry shrubs.