PRAIRIE DOGS - 16 (EI)
WHEREAS, the prairie dog is a nuisance rodent that destroys grasses, leaving the soil vulnerable to erosion and invasion by noxious weeds, and is a known host to vectors that carry Bubonic Plague that is threatening to humans; and
WHEREAS, they exist throughout the West in numbers well above endangered levels.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA opposes any listing of the prairie dog as a threatened or endangered species.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA urges the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to declare the prairie dog a pest and the proper authorities to enforce its control.
WETLANDS - 16 (EI)
WHEREAS, the federal government's current policy on wetlands affects the use, value and private property rights on millions of acres of privately owned agricultural land; and
WHEREAS, the federal government's official method of defining wetlands is gravely flawed and leads to wetlands delineation of ranch and farm land which should not be considered wetlands; and
WHEREAS, cattle grazing is a beneficial maintenance use of wet areas and thereby protects natural wetland values; and
WHEREAS, surface inundation exists for a significant portion of the growing season of every year under normal precipitation.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA opposes any federal wetlands regulatory authority over all man-made wet areas.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA pursues changes to benefit the livestock industry in the federal wetlands policy.
NOXIOUS WEEDS - 15 (EI)
WHEREAS, cattlemen recognize the need for government cutbacks in spending and that priorities need to be determined.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA feels that noxious weed control is a high priority and that these programs should be fully funded.
WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES - 15 (EI)
WHEREAS, there have been several legislative and regulatory attempts to expand the definition of the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) in reference to the Clean Water Act of 1972 over recent years; and
WHEREAS, the most recent effort, the Environmental Protection Agency’s and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ WOTUS rule, represents a significant expansion of federal jurisdiction over water beyond current practices and the limitations affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court; and
WHEREAS, the WOTUS rule usurps and ignores state and local efforts to protect these waters; and
WHEREAS, the WOTUS rule will have major implications for all Clean Water Act programs, broadening their scope and creating additional obligations for livestock producers and other water users; and
WHEREAS, the WOTUS rule allows for third-party litigation and citizen suits, which will incentivize activists even when agencies decline to assert jurisdiction over activities or features on a particular site.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA opposes the WOTUS rule and related efforts that ignore private water stewardship practices, undermine state and local authority and subject producers to costly and time-consumptive permits and potential lawsuits.
SPECIES RECOVERY - 14 (EI)
WHEREAS, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) does not provide proper incentives for species recovery and, in many instances, limits and/or intrudes on the property rights of private landowners for the purpose of species habitat preservation; and
WHEREAS, these limitations and intrusions on the free use of private property often restrict economic use of land and, in some cases, diminish property value; and
WHEREAS, non-regulatory solutions, based on a proactive species conservation partnership, should be found to ease the burden of the ESA on public and private land ranchers; and
WHEREAS, the NDSA believes that recovery using voluntary incentives and, ultimately, delisting of species covered by the ESA should be the highest priority of the ESA.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA promotes recovery as an avenue of reform to the ESA, and that federal funding for the ESA should be prioritized to reflect this priority.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA insists that scientific data be presented and/or studies be conducted that conclusively demonstrate what the species’ historic range was and how the demographic of that present-day historic range has changed and if it is still suitable for the species in question.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA urges federal agencies to work with states and landowner stakeholders in developing realistic goals for species.