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Correction to Dakota Grassland proposal meeting

Created: 12/13/10 (Mon) | Topic:

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is proposing a Dakota Grassland Area in North Dakota. This is a conservation easement program that would pay willing landowners to enroll their land in a conservation easement to protect waterfowl and other wildlife species in the Great Plains.
 
A series of scoping meetings will be held to explain the program and take comments on the proposal.

Two meetings are scheduled for next week in the state. The first will be held in Minot at the Sleep Inn  on Tuesday, December 14th. The second is scheduled at the Gladstone Inn in Jamestown on December 15th. Both meetings will run from 7 to 9 pm.
 
We encourage you to attend these meetings and voice your concerns.

NDFB District 7 Director Wes Klein has been talking this fall about the Great Outdoors Initiative and the Treasured Lands Initiative, both of which are government land grabs of vast amounts of private property.

"I believe the Dakota Grassland Area is," according to NDFB Public Policy Director Brian Kramer, "a masked attempt to gain control of vast acreages in our state."
 
According to an article in the Billings Gazette, landowners would be restricted to haying and grazing enrolled land and only after the prime nesting season is over (August 1st in North Dakota).
 
"We need to have lots of people in attendance to let them know we are not interested in any more government programs to control our private property," Kramer said.
 
Please make every effort to attend one of these meetings.

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