North Dakota voters may be asked to decide next year, whether to spend 75-million dollars a year on wildlife and people.
A petition drive is just getting underway, asking for a vote on a constitutional amendment that would set aside 5-percent of oil tax revenue, for the "Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Trust".
Retired, UND Biology Professor, Dave Lambeth is a sponsor of a petition drive for a new constitutional amendment. The amendment would set aside 5-percent of North Dakota oil tax revenue, around 75-million dollars a year, to establish a "Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Trust."
Dave Lambeth, Wildlife Trust: "Maybe increased opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors, hunters, fishermen, birders, photographers, hikers."
The group would like to see more wildlife areas like Kelly's Slough, near Grand Forks. It also foresees more city parks for people and birds."
Dr. Rolf Paulson, Wildlife Trust Fund: "I think this is a real opportunity for a win-win type of situation, where the landowners, farmers and even the mining companies come out ahead, at the same time as those of us, who enjoy the environment."
Supporters of the trust fund say they don't foresee trying to take over vast tracts of farmland, but maybe working with landowners and offering some type of subsidy for land that is set aside for wildlife, and people to enjoy.
Supporters need to collect 26-thousand signatures by next July to get their proposed measure on the ballot.