Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 76

groups offered their support for more than just open acres for hunters. Managing such a massive amount of land requires huge expenses wildlife-friendly fencing, water tanks, signs and vehicle access points. In the true tradition of caring sportsmen and women, volunteers stepped up and built new fences, water systems and clean-up. So much was done restore grasses, water quality and still provide a living for cattle. Richard signed a 10-year lease, allowing sportsmen and women to use the land and learn it in their own time, in exchange for the PLOTS payment and alternate contributions tallying $664,000. “To get their return, they needed a long-term commitment,” said Richard in a statement in the Bismarck Tribune. “This is a resource to share with the people.” Amazing as the contribution is, Richard is concerned how his offer will be received. He knows the nature of people, wondering if they will take care of the land as he’s given it. “If they show respect and if I don’t see garbage out here, I don’t think it will be a big problem,” he said. “It will be enforced and I do want to see the game warden out there.” In a time of much-needed habitat for wildlife, which provides so much more than wildlife cover for hunters, the Richards’ willingness to get involved in conservation is a major blessing. Even if no one, not one single hunter stepped foot on his land, the bounty of increased wildlife preservation of prairie would be worth the effort. Meanwhile, sportsmen and women are encouraged to makes their desires known to Congress for a renewal of expansion of the CRP program in the 2019 Farm Bill, arguably one of the most valuable pieces of legislation in American history. • • Home Cooked Meals • Homemade Pastries • Daily Specials • Senior Citizen's Menu • Family Restaurant GREAT FOOD! 7 Days a Week 6am to 10pm WASHBURN - Hwy 83 Bypass (701) 462-8175 MANDAN - 1120 E. Main (701) 663-7322 WILLISTON - 1906 2nd Ave W (701) 572-4480 RUGBY - HWY 2 East (701) 776-5657 STOP IN TODAY for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner! Page 76, Dakota Country, October 2016 www.dakotacountrymagazine.com