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Who is the American Foundation for Wildlife ??

Hearing held on North Dakota land buy proposal 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A McKenzie County commissioner says the group is likely to oppose a proposal by the American Foundation for Wildlife to buy nearly 1,000 acres of land in northwest North Dakota.

Richard Cayko says more than 40 percent of the land in the county already is owned by the state or federal government.

The wildlife group already owns more than 1,700 acres near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. The foundation wants to buy the new tract and transfer it to the state Game and Fish Department as a wildlife management area.

A public hearing was held Tuesday. The county commission and the state Natural Areas Acquisition Advisory Committee will make recommendations to the governor, who has the final say on land purchases by nonprofits.

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I don't know this particular entity, but any organization that buys land in premo hunting and fishing areas  and then gifts it to the state under the condition that it be used only for a public hunting and access area can't be all bad.

That Missouri River area up there by the confluence was some of the more difficult to get on for hunting purposes and while at one time the previous owner allowed paddlefishermen to access the shoreline, that was getting less and less over time.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ~ Mark Twain

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Mauser I'm curious to your opinion on this?  Does it fall into landowners rights to sell land to whom they want?  Or does the pay to hunt groups have priority over keeping land locked up to protect their interests?  Or is it truely a tax base issue and the county may go bankrupt is they don't get the $1500 a year from this property? 

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Or perhaps it's simply many peoples principle belief the govt owns enough land. 40% of any one county is a significant amount.

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Isn't the government the people?  Is it such a bad thing to have the people of the state own and access some more land?  GST you could answer the question about landowner rights I queried above.

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swift Said:
Or is it truely a tax base issue and the county may go bankrupt is they don't get the $1500 a year from this property? 

That aint it, cause the GNF pays in lieux of tax payments to counties in which they own property.

I don't have any problem with more Wildlife management areas, just wish they were spread out across the state more. There is already plenty of public land out west, but more is needed in the eastern half of ND IMO. I'm sure land values have alot to do with that, fertile farm land is alot more spendy then pasture land out west.

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swift Said:
Mauser I'm curious to your opinion on this?  Does it fall into landowners rights to sell land to whom they want?  Or does the pay to hunt groups have priority over keeping land locked up to protect their interests?  Or is it truely a tax base issue and the county may go bankrupt is they don't get the $1500 a year from this property? 

I have not formed an opion yet untill I can find out who these people are (American Foundation for Wildlife).    Yes I keep a close eye on any thing that might against landowner rights.   Do you look out for your profession ?  Believe it or not I do have respect for some people on this site.   I just never heard of this group and if Allen hasn't it tells me they should be looked into. 

 

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This is one of those stand in the middle things for me.  This same group I believe bought the other river bottom land and turned it over as well.  Yes, good for the sportsman.  On the other hand, gst is right, 40% of the county is government owned.  There's good and bad with that.

I guess I'll just say it is important to have the county commission and citizens raising concerns.  It is a big deal when big groups are able to severely out-bid.  Couple in the government factor and it becomes sometimes a rather slippery slope.  There needs to be guarantees in my opinion.  Look at what the Corp (federal government) was and probably still is trying to do with Lake Sakakawea land.  There are things not right with transactions like that.

So here I am, standing on the fence again.


 

 

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