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Steve Adair Is The Worst Thing To Happen To Conservation In North Dakota, But He Has A Point

Steve Adair Is The Worst Thing To Happen To Conservation In North Dakota, But He Has A Point

If you want to spend millions upon millions of dollars on two unsuccessful conservation ballot measures – one derailed by petition fraud, the other derailed by 79 percent of the voters – while simultaneously alienating most of the people in the state where you operate, then Steve Adair is your man. The Bismarck-based director for

Democrats Accuse Republicans Of "Broken Promise" On Conservation Funding

For the past couple of years conservation activists pushing to create a tax dollar slush fund for themselves have had Republican lawmakers trying to stay ahead of them with knee-jerk policy making. During the 2013 session, after conservation activists failed to get a constitutional amendment on the state ballot due to petition fraud, lawmakers created

The Outdoor Heritage Fund Doesn't Need Fixing, It Needs Repeal

This election year North Dakota had a titanic debate over a constitutional amendment – Measure 5, specifically – which would have diverted hundreds of millions of tax dollars into a slush fund for conservation interests. Deep-pocketed advocacy groups like Ducks Unlimited spent millions promoting their measure, but were soundly defeated after a ham-handed campaign netted

Dalrymple Wants To Expand Conservation Fund, Spend $30 Million On State Parks

Today Governor Jack Dalrymple announced a proposed expansion North Dakota’s existing conservation fund, the Outdoor Heritage Fund. It was a move no doubt intended to defuse some of the angst over conservation in the state ahead of a vote on Measure 5 which diverts a massive amount of oil tax revenues into a conservation fund that,

Conservation Fund Can't Seem To Find Much Conservation To Fund

For the last couple of years now – going back to the petition push for a conservation fund measure on the 2012 ballot (which failed due to signature fraud) to the Legislature’s creation of the Outdoor Heritage Fund to the debate over a second petition push behind the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment –

Does North Dakota Really Need To Spend $2 Billion On Conservation In The Next Decade?

Environmental groups are dissatisfied with the Outdoor Heritage Fund created by the legislature which diverts up to $30 million per biennium to a fund overseen by a board that shovels the money out to conservation projects (which, at first blush, don’t always seem to have a lot to do with conservation). So they want a

North Dakota Non Profits Should Be Able To Buy Land, But Only If They Stop Taking Public Money

Grand Forks Herald opinion editor Tom Dennis gets in a jab at property rights proponents over North Dakota’s restrictions on non-profits buying up land: In the other 49 states, if a landowner wants to sell and Ducks Unlimited wants to buy, then the two parties agree on a price, and DU writes a check. Willing

Outdoor Heritage Fund Requests Make You Wonder Why We Needed The Outdoor Heritage Fund

The board of special interests appointed to oversee the Outdoor Heritage Fund, created by the legislature to funnel a percentage of oil tax revenues to conservation projects, has approved the first round of funding. The proposals will now go to the State Industrial Commission for approval. Looking at the list of proposals (you can read

Legislator: Conservation Groups Want To Use Tax Dollars To Fund Their Payroll

The backstory behind North Dakota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund has become something of a saga. In the 2012 election cycle conservation activists attempted to get on the ballot a measure to create a constitutional conservation fund. It would have diverted hundreds of millions of dollars in oil tax revenues into a fund overseen by an appointed

Is North Dakota For Sale To Conservation Groups?

Over the Memorial Day weekend my family and I stopped off at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn (often derided as the world’s most expensive highway rest area by our legislators). The exhibits were underwhelming, to say the least, certainly not worth the more than $20 it cost my family to get in