Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wetland Management and More Snow!

I'm a little sad to report that since I last posted way back at the end of December, our view hasn't changed much (ok, so there's more snow):

These were taken during a winter storm last weekend.

Mother Nature seems in no hurry to usher in spring, so we'll live with it a while longer.

I wanted to post today about HCR 3017, which is (I'm paraphrasing) "a resolution urging US Fish and Wildlife and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to fairly administer water management laws and regulations in a manner that allows landowners and tenants certainty and cooperation in the management of these laws and regulations."

Chad and Terry are at the capitol today testifying in support of HCR 3017. They have seen an acute need for better administration of the water management laws and regulations in North Dakota. At risk is the productivity of the very land we farm. Varying interpretations of water laws and a generally inflexible and uncooperative environment have caused much frustration in our situation as we try to identify and mitigate wetlands in order to make the most of the land we are farming.

If HCR 3017 passes, it will hopefully send a message to Washington, D.C. that North Dakota farmers are seeking a vastly more efficient and helpful USFWS and NRCS that will truly act on what is best for the people and the land.

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