North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple this morning announced his appointment of the first members to the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund Advisory Board. Members will be officially appointed as of Friday, the governor’s office said in a news release.
Board members will decide how to allocate money from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which will receive as much as $30 million per biennium from oil and gas production tax revenues. The funds can be used to support projects such as access to private and public lands for sportsmen, creating fish and wildlife habitats, stewardship toward farming and ranching, enhancing water quality, plant diversity, soil conditions and for outdoor recreation areas.
By law, 10 of the appointed members must represent specific groups, while two members are appointed from the at-large conservation community, the governor’s office said in the news release. The law also names four ex-officio members representing specific agencies.
The 12 voting members of the advisory board will be:
Eric Aasmundstad, Devils Lake (North Dakota Farm Bureau).
Robert Kuylen, South Heart (North Dakota Farmers Union).
Wade Moser, Bismarck (North Dakota Stockmen’s Association).
Dan Wogsland, Bismarck (North Dakota Grain Growers Association).
Blaine Hoffman, Gladstone (North Dakota Petroleum Council).
Jim Melchior, Bismarck (Lignite Energy Council).
Dr. Tom Hutchens, Bismarck (Ducks Unlimited).
Patricia Stockdill, Garrison (Pheasants Forever).
Jon Godfread, Bismarck (Greater North Dakota Chamber).
Randy Bina, Bismarck (North Dakota Recreation and Parks Association).
Dr. Carolyn Godfread, Bismarck (conservation at-large).
Kent Reierson, Williston (conservation at-large).
Ex-officio members of the advisory board will be Terry Steinwand, director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department; Mark Zimmerman, director of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department; Larry Kotchman, state forester, and Ronda Vetsch, North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts.
The advisory board will hold its first meeting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Peace Garden Room of the State Capitol in Bismarck.