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Group Seeks to Conserve Badlands

August 5, 2008

Conservation groups want about 62,000 acres in North Dakota’s Badlands to be off limits to oil and gas development.

Their proposal also seeks to protect a 5,410-acre area of the Sheyenne National Grasslands in eastern North Dakota.

Congress would have to approve the federal wilderness designation. Supporter Jan Swenson says conservation groups are forming the North Dakota Wilderness Coalition and hope to have legislation introduced next year.

Swenson says the areas proposed for wilderness designation make up only about 4 percent of the federal grasslands in the state. She says they would remain open to cattle grazing under the proposal.

– Associated Press

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