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Honolulu seeking projects to protect Oahu lands

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu is seeking applicants for projects to preserve and protect forests, beaches, coastal areas.

The city will be awarding funds from its Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund to protect lands with cultural significance, abundant natural resources, and recreational value.

The city established the funded after voters approved an amendment to the City Charter in 2006. The fund receives one-half percent of the county's annual property tax revenues. There's currently nearly $20 million in the fund.

The Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission will study the applications and make recommendations to the City Council. The council will make the final selections.

Applications are due Sept. 1.

In previous years, the city has funded projects to protect Kahuku Mauka Agricultural Lands, Honouliuli Preserve, and other lands around Oahu.

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