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LETTER: Amendment helps preserve N.D.’s outdoor heritage

BISMARCK — We as North Dakotans enjoy a certain quality of life. Besides being rooted in a great state in which to live and work, that quality of life comes from our opportunities to hunt, fish and camp in North Dakota’s great outdoors.

But those opportunities are diminishing. North Dakota’s deer population now has reached lows not seen in about 40 years. Additionally, North Dakota’s pheasant population has fallen drastically from record highs set in the mid-2000s.

The reason for these population declines is simple: habitat loss. With North Dakota losing Conservation Reserve Program and native prairie acres, together with wetlands being drained and shelterbelts being ripped up, the state has seen a drastic change in its quality of habitat for wildlife.

Unfortunately, that loss of habitat not only threatens wildlife populations, but also erodes the strong heritage that North Dakotans have placed on hunting and fishing.

But there’s hope: the Clean Water, Wildlife, and Parks Amendment.

If approved by voters in November, the amendment will take a small portion of existing oil-revenues and dedicate them to conservation projects within the state, all without raising taxes.

These conservation projects will not only benefit wildlife populations, but also ensure that future generations of North Dakota — our children and our grandchildren — will get to experience the Flickertail State’s strong heritage in hunting, fishing and love of the great outdoors.

Please stand with me and my family in support of the Clean Water, Wildlife, and Parks Amendment by signing the petition supporting this initiated measure and casting that all-important vote in favor come November.