LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Michigan is getting more than $2.4 million in federal funding for conservation and recreation projects.

Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell of Michigan says the money announced by the U.S. Department of the Interior is from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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The fund was founded five decades ago and has preserved public lands and natural resources across the country. The funds, which are generated out of a portion of the lease revenue from offshore oil and gas development, support state-identified and community-supported projects.

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In December, Congress provided a three-year renewal of the fund. Dingell is among those who want permanent reauthorization of the fund.

Nearly $95 million will be distributed from the fund to all 50 states.

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