ND Heritage seeks conservation measure for November ballot
Signatures were filed today with the North Dakota Secretary of State to add a proposed amendment to the November 6th ballot that would use a portion of oil tax revenues to fund conservation projects. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the North Dakotans for Clean Water, Lands and Outdoor Heritage collected about 36,000 signatures for the measure that would create a new fund using five percent of the state’s oil and gas extraction and production tax revenue. If passed, a nine-member board would be created to oversee the distribution of funds to qualified non-profits (including local, state and tribal government) for projects meant to enhance habitats, improve park and public venues, and conservation incentives for farmers and ranchers. See the press release on the filing of signatures on the ndheritage.org website.