I stood under a yellow and white tent along the boarded walkway of that town we all know nestled between the tall, rugged buttes of the Badlands and along the muddy river in western North Dakota.
I had just started learning to play guitar, plucking away at "Amarillo by Morning" on the floor of my bedroom night after night, and I was likely nervous about trying out my shaky new skills in public.
At 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, a caravan of 11 orange, antique tractors set out to travel the 36-mile scenic loop in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Upon the caravan’s exit, onlookers stood staring at the long, orange line.
A grazing association official says some southwestern North Dakota ranchers were surprised to get a Forest Service order to reduce cattle grazing 30 percent on national grasslands by June 20. The agency says it’s an attempt to protect resources in dry areas.
The Forest Service manages grazing on about 1 million public acres on the National Grasslands, including the Medora District in southwestern North Dakota and the McKenzie District to the north.
June 05, 2008
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