The Cass County Wildlife Club has unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the Prairie Legacy Wilderness proposal that would protect about 40,000 acres in the Little Missouri National Grassland from development.
Proposed by the Badlands Conservation Alliance, the plan would designate portions of Bullion Butte, Kendley Plateau, Long X Divide, Twin Buttes and Lone Butte in western North Dakota as wilderness. Also designated would be 5,410 acres in the Sheyenne National Grasslands of southeast North Dakota.
Livestock grazing, hunting and all non-motorized activities would still be permitted. The proposal would affect only one-tenth of 1 percent North Dakota.
In a news release, the Cass County Wildlife Club said it urges Gov. Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota’s congressional delegation to carry the proposal to Congress, which must approve the wilderness designation before it can take effect. The Cass County Wildlife Club said it also opposes opening section line right-of-ways in areas of the Badlands now managed as roadless and eligible for wilderness. Section line roads would make the areas ineligible for wilderness designation.
Based in Casselton, N.D., the Cass County Wildlife Club was established before the 1950s and has more than 200 members.
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