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Conservation group to provide $4.5 million to protect Big Island and Oahu land

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:07 a.m. HST, May 17, 2011

The state's Legacy Lands Conservation program is providing $4.5 million in grants for the purchase and protection of culturally and agriculturally important lands on the Big Island and Oahu. 

The money is expected to be matched by $7.6 million in federal, county, and private funding. 

The grants are supported by revenue from the state's land conveyance tax. Ten percent of the tax proceeds each year go to the Legacy Land Conservation Fund, where the grant money is taken from. 

The state said Friday the commission overseeing the program selected four projects for funding this year. 

They include agricultural land at Kaiholena in North Kohala, agricultural land near Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore, and the Hawea Heiau Complex and the Keawawa Wetland site in Hawaii Kai.


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