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A Conservation Proposal Has Groups in Conflict

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A proposal has conservationists and business and agriculture groups at odds again.

Courtney Plante has the story.

Supporters petition to get the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment on the November ballot.

 

It would take a portion of current oil tax dollars and use them for conservation funds -- to protect clean water and recreational land throughout the state.

"We think this is a really great opportunity to invest in our future. It takes money currently coming into the state without impacting other important needs in our state. It really dedicates a small portion to protect things that are important in North Dakota," said Eric Lindstrom, Government Affairs, Ducks Unlimited.

This raises concerns for some about how much money will actually be spent, where it will go and what will actually happen to land like this if passed. In response the North Dakotans for Common Sense Conservation launch a campaign in opposition of the proposed amendment.

"As a state we need to make sure we have a balance in how we approach the needs not just for conservation, but for education, infrastructure, health and human services," said Kelvin Hullet, Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce President.

More than 20 associations band together to speak out against the amendment.

They believe the Outdoor Heritage Fund established last year provides effectively for conservation efforts and another fund isn't necessary.

Reporting in Bismarck for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante.

Amendment supporters need 27,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Lindstrom says they are about one-third of the way there.

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