BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Petroleum Council kicked off this week the Planting for the Future program, a project that will involve planting 58,000 trees and shrubs in the state.

The program is a partnership with the Outdoor Heritage Fund, Oneok, Whiting Petroleum and private landowners to plant trees that will help with conservation, soil preservation and wildlife habitat.

Work to plant 3,000 trees in Kidder County got underway on Thursday. An additional 22 projects are planned for Burleigh, Morton, Kidder, Emmons, Wells, Stark, Sheridan, Hettinger, Oliver, Mountrail and Dickey counties.

The project is expected to cost $196,375, with the Outdoor Heritage Fund providing $108,125.

About 20,000 of the trees that will be planted satisfy a requirement of the Public Service Commission, which requires industry to replace two trees for every one tree removed during pipeline construction.

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The program provides the trees, shrubs, planting and monitoring services, while landowners offer planting assistance.

The Petroleum Council is accepting applications from landowners who are interested in participating in 2019. For more information and to apply, visit

The Outdoor Heritage Fund grant funding comes from oil and gas production tax revenue.