The U.S. Department of Agriculture accepted 3.9 million acres offered nationwide under the Farm Service Agency’s 43rd Conservation Reserve Program general signup, including 190,000 acres in North Dakota.
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department is criticizing a U.S. Forest Service plan that likely will dramatically reduce the miles of Little Missouri National Grassland roads open to motorized travel.
PIERRE, S.D. — A part of the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands in southwestern South Dakota would be designated as a wilderness area under a measure introduced Wednesday by South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson.
U.S. Forest Service officials mapping public roads in the Little Missouri National Grasslands have determined that most oil and gas roads are private, which could mean less public access than first thought.
For the past two years, Forest Service staff have used satellite technology to map all the roads on 1 million acres in western North Dakota as part of a nationwide mapping project for national forests and grasslands. Some of the roads actually are little more than paths used by hunters.
By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
September 28, 2009
A North Dakota drought task force wants all federal conservation grassland in the state open for grazing.
The state’s Agricultural Drought Task Force approved the recommendation Tuesday to help drought-stricken ranchers. The request was forwarded to Gov. John Hoeven, the state’s congressional delegation and federal Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer.
June 11, 2008
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