STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS: NEWS FROM THE GREAT OUTDOORS WITH HERALD OUTDOOR WRITER BRAD DOKKEN Out of the woods, back in the office
Im in catch-up mode today after spending the better part of 10 days hunting ruffed grouse and hanging out with friends at our getaway in northwest Minnesota. Aside from a couple of days that were wind... Posted on 10/24/14 at 11:03 AM
STAFF BLOG OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK Winter camping symposium starts tomorrow
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STAFF BLOG OIL PATCH DISPATCH Wildlife crossing planned with Highway 85 expansion in Oil Patch
WILLISTON, N.D. A critter crossing large enough to accommodate moose will go under an expanded U.S. Highway 85 near Williston, helping wildlife travel through habitat thats now divided by heavy oilf... Posted on 6/29/14 at 12:05 AM
STAFF BLOG AREAVOICES COMMUNITY Areavoices Digest #81 - Tatted Lace and more
Happy soon-to-be 4th of July everyone!
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STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Oregon man brings veterans cause to N.D. Capitol
BISMARCKAn Oregon bicyclist determined to raise money and awareness for combat-wounded veterans is going to state Capitols across the country to spread his message.
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FARGO, N.D. — Proponents and opponents of North Dakota’s Measure 5 are stepping up their efforts in a dead heat to influence voters on a measure that could put the state’s support of conservation on an entirely new plane.
The North Dakota State University Farm Bureau collegiate organization sponsored a debate on the topic at the NDSU Memorial Union on Oct. 14. The event included some of the key spokespeople for the sides in the discussion, some of whom had appeared earlier in the day at a debate in Bismarck. About 50 people attended the Fargo debate.
MEDORA, N.D. -- Valerie Naylor says she was not pursuing a career when she volunteered at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but she found one.
“It was life-changing,” she said of time she spent in the park with Student Conservation Association, a nonprofit aimed at creating the next generation of conservation leaders.
It worked. On Oct. 31, at age 56, Naylor will retire after serving 11½ years as the park’s superintendent and more than 30 years with the National Park Service.
It’s a career that has dealt with managing wildlife, sharing knowledge with park visitors and mitigating the effects of the oil boom.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK SOUTH UNIT -- They entered the paddock as blurs of horns and dark brown fur.
Some of the bison thrashed against the steel walls -- more used to the open plains of North Dakota than the tight confines of the hydraulic-powered cattle chute.
This week, Theodore Roosevelt National Park's staff began a roundup to remove nearly 400 bison from the 110-square-mile South Unit.
Other states use contract help for heavy workload
FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Grain Growers Association and others blasted the federal government in press conferences last week for hiring cost-shared Ducks Unlimited staffers into their offices to do contract work.
The grain group, which represents wheat and barley growers, was joined by the North Dakota Farmers Union, the North Dakota Farm Bureau and corn and soybean groups in asking that the National Resources Conservation Service remove Ducks Unlimited employees from district offices in the state, an arrangement agency officials say is longstanding and not harmful to farmers.
FARGO, N.D. – An insect no larger than a grain of rice is making three people happy: the two North Dakota State University students who discovered it was a new species and the retired professor whom they named it after.
It’s the fifth insect to be named after Allan Ashworth, who retired this past summer and has a collection of tens of thousands of insects.
The other four Ashworth species are all beetles, though.
“This one is really special because this one is not a beetle,” he said. “This one is a bug.”
In entomology, not all insects are bugs. Bugs are a distinct category, just like beetles, moths or bees.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- As a 26-year northern Minnesota legislator who spent 15 years as chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee in the state Senate, Bob Lessard saw time and again how conservation and the outdoors fared come budget time.
Education, health and human services and local government aid — all important needs — consumed more than 70 percent of the state’s annual budget, Lessard recalls.
BISMARCK, N.D. – After a months-long investigation, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has failed to locate a dozen firearms that were discovered missing from its hunter education program after a scathing audit report in June, Director Terry Steinwand said Thursday.
Sheep growers say they feel they’ve been unfairly blamed for the worst pneumonia die-off of wild bighorn sheep in the North Dakota’s 50-year program history.
As of Tuesday, a total of 23 prized bighorn sheep are dead of pneumonia in the northern Badlands habitat, most from a new group brought in from the Northern Rockies of Alberta, Canada. The die-off started in early August and continues, though fatalities are very much slowing the past four weeks.
Measure 5 spokeswoman says proposal validates ‘what we’ve been saying for three years’
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple rolled out a plan Monday to spend more than $80 million on state parks and conservation efforts as a “sound and balanced” alternative to a November ballot measure that would establish a conservation fund supported by oil tax revenue.
Mortality slowing, but only time will tell how many die
Every day without a "beep beep beep beep beep" in his earphones is a very good day for big game biologist Brett Wiedmann.
The beeps are a radio collar mortality signal and they mean yet another of North Dakota's prized bighorn sheep has died.
Starting Aug. 5, in what was a long deadly month, at least 20 of the animals have died of pneumonia in the northern Badlands habitat. Tests show the disease is from contact with domestic sheep. It is spreading among the several bighorn groups in what Wiedmann calls "the hub of the wheel" for bighorns.
As if the fatal disease weren't bad enough, 14 of the dead were among a group of two dozen transplanted in February from a pristine location in the northern Rocky Mountain region of Alberta.
Ducks Unlimited needs state approval for wetland site
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A conservation organization that has not had the best of luck purchasing land will appear before a state committee Monday to pitch its proposal to buy 160 acres in Grand Forks County.
Ducks Unlimited, a nonprofit group that promotes waterfowl and wetland conservation, wants to purchase the 160-acre site northwest of Thompson to restore the land for wetland mitigation, according to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. Wetland mitigation is important in moderating flooding, improving water quality and offsetting water drainage issues.
Backers of conservation measure cite N.D’s second-to-last ranking in state park acreage; opponents say better avenues exist for funding new parks
BISMARCK, N.D. – Backers of a proposed conservation fund are shining the spotlight on North Dakota’s second-to-last ranking in state park acreage and the fact it hasn’t added a new state park since the 1980s as examples of why the growing state needs to spend more on parks and recreation.
“When you look at the stats ... it really substantiates that we have not done a whole lot,” said Steve Adair, chairman of the sponsoring committee that has turned in signatures and is waiting for the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks amendment to be approved for the Nov. 4 ballot.
Equipment prototype displayed at Dakotafest
MITCHELL, S.D. -- To protect pheasants in South Dakota fields, what's old is new again.
A Mitchell pheasant advocate has created a flushing bar, a way to save pheasants from spring hay cutting in the field, which can put growing pheasants at risk.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Supporters and opponents of a proposed ballot measure that would funnel millions of North Dakota oil tax dollars into a conservation fund locked horns in their first public debate Wednesday, arguing the fund’s cost, governance and potential impacts to farmers and ranchers.
Petitions delivered Monday would put proposal on Nov. ballot
BISMARCK, N.D. – If petitions delivered to state officials Monday check out, North Dakota voters will vote this fall on a politically divisive proposal to set aside some oil-tax money to protect natural areas and wildlife.
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