STAFF BLOG OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK Duluth city deer hunt harvest up slightly so far
After the first two weeks of Duluths city bow hunt for deer, hunters had registered 107 deer, according to the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance. Of those, 103 were antlerless deer. Last year at the same ... Posted on 9/30/14 at 2:22 PM
STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS: NEWS FROM THE GREAT OUTDOORS WITH HERALD OUTDOOR WRITER BRAD DOKKEN Larval zebra mussels resurface in Red River near Wahpeton
After two years of no findings, young zebra mussels again have been found in the upstream portion of the Red River near Wahpeton, N.D.
Larval zebra mussels first were found at Wahpeton in 2010 and ag... Posted on 9/29/14 at 12:24 PM
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!
When you're not out barbecuing or watching fireworks, be sure to check out some of our newest and hottest blogs on Areavoices, including a brand-new-to-our-plat... Posted on 7/3/12 at 9:58 AM
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.
On Thursday, Scot King of Remember... Posted on 7/7/11 at 10:23 AM
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.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- A potentially expensive and contentious campaign over a proposed statewide conservation measure came one step closer to reality Monday when measure proponents submitted their petitions with signatures.
The group’s filing with the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office comes prior to the deadline of midnight Wednesday to turn in petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks sponsoring committee chairman Steve Adair said 550 volunteers across the state gathered signatures.
Biologists, game officials worry about species’ ability to rebound
FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota finds itself in the midst of a gigantic experiment concerning the sustainability of its wildlife populations.
The unknown: At a time of unprecedented pressures as varied as intensive energy development and plummeting conservation acreage, will susceptible wildlife species be able to rebound from inevitable stresses, such as severe winters or droughts?
North Dakota will learn the answer to that question in the coming years, as worried wildlife biologists and game officials watch dramatic change sweep over the landscape.
Attorney general reviewing audit for possible criminal, civil action
BISMARCK, N.D. – Eighteen firearms are still missing after a critical audit of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department found the agency hadn’t properly inventoried guns used in its hunter education program for at least eight years, department Director Terry Steinwand told lawmakers Wednesday.
Members of the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee grilled Steinwand about the guns and a number of other deficiencies identified in the audit, including improperly reimbursing employees for meals, paying a landowner for hunting access on a tract of land he didn’t own and continuing to contract with a nonprofit organization that was involuntarily dissolved in 2003.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Before a proposed measure to divert millions of dollars from oil tax revenue for a conservation fund has even gained enough signatures for a spot on the ballot in November, organizations on both sides of the debate are gearing up to bring their fight onto the airwaves.
So here’s the thing about life out here in the summertime – there are traditions, things we must do, activities that come with the green grass and blue sky territory that scream sunburn and bug bites and dirty feet, sweat and beer in cozies, sunflower seeds and grab some lawn chairs, load up in the pickup and let’s go.
Awards include money for Grand Forks river access; exception made for playground equipment
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Industrial Commission awarded 17 grants totaling $2.5 million Tuesday from the state’s Outdoor Heritage Fund, less than half the amount doled out during the first grant round in January.
The second batch includes $75,000 to improve river access in downtown Grand Forks. The three-member commission also made an exception in approving $45,000 for playground equipment in Munich in northeastern North Dakota.
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