N.D. Chapter of the Wildlife Society marks 50 years

The North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society is marking its 50th anniversary this year with annual meetings Wednesday through Feb. 15 at the Seven Seas Hotel in Mandan, N.D.

The theme of this year’s 50th anniversary meetings is “A Short Look Back and a Long Look Forward.”

An organization of wildlife biologists and natural resource managers, the North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society began in 1963 with 43 members concerned about changes to the state’s landscape.

Today, the Wildlife Society chapter has more than 400 members.

The mission of the group was to provide a forum for members to discuss ecological issues, present scientific investigations and actively pursue conservation efforts.

While it is important to recognize past accomplishments, the chapter in a news release said it is even more important to look ahead at the conservation challenges of today and the future. Dedicated members will continue to speak and act on behalf of wildlife and habitat and work to minimize impacts to natural resources that are now occurring with oil exploration, ethanol production, wind power, commodity prices and advanced agricultural practices.

The chapter recognizes the need for people to use the land but hopes that it is done with a conservation ethic in mind. The great conservationist, Aldo Leopold, may have stated it most clearly in A Sand County Almanac, which was published in 1949: “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

More information about the North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society is available online at www.joomla.wildlife.org/northdakota.

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