North Dakota Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment (2014)
|Voting on the Environment|
|Not on ballot|
Ninety percent of the fund’s annual revenues would be used to make grants to public and private groups working on water quality, natural flood control, fish and wildlife habitat parks and outdoor recreation areas, access for fishing and hunting, land acquisition for parks and outdoor education for children. Ten percent of the fund’s annual revenues would be deposited with the principle invested by the State Investment Board. The earnings from the investment would be transferred to the fund for spending purposes after January 1, 2019.
The fund would be governed by a Clean Water, Wildlife, and Parks Commission, which would be comprised of the governor, attorney general and agriculture commissioner. A Citizen Accountability Board would be appointed for three-year terms to review grant applications and make recommendations to the Commission.
The amendment requires that every twenty-five years, voters be able to decide on the question of whether to continue the financing from the oil extraction tax.
The measure is sponsored by the North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks.
North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks (NDCWWP) is leading the campaign in support of the measure.
- Pheasants Forever
- Ducks Unlimited
- Audubon Society
- The Nature Conservancy
- National Wildlife Federation
- The Conservation Fund
- The UND Wildlife Society
- National Park Conservation Association
- Quality Deer Management Association
- Izaak Walton League of America
- Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
- Dakota Outdoors
- North Dakota Wildlife Federation
- North Dakota Natural Resources Trust
- North American Grouse Partnership
- North Dakota Beekeeper’s Association
- North Dakota Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation
- North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society
- Badlands Conservation Alliance
- Grand Forks County Prairie Partners
- Barnes County Wildlife Federation
- Stutsman County Wildlife Federation
- Cass County Wildlife Club
- Lewis and Clark Wildlife Club
- Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park
- Missouri Valley Shooting Sports Association
- Sporting Chance
- Great Northern Bicycle Co.
Tactics and strategies
North Dakota Watchdog reported that NDCWWP was hiring paid field organizers via Craigslist in April 2014.
North Dakotans for Common Sense Conservation (NDCSC) is leading the campaign against the measure.
- Greater North Dakota Chamber
- North Dakota League of Cities
- North Dakota Association of Counties
- North Dakota School Boards Association
- North Dakota Petroleum Council
- North Dakota Farm Bureau
- North Dakota Grain Growers
- North Dakota Corn Growers
- Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce
- Lignite Energy Council
Path to the ballot
- North Dakota 2014 ballot measures
- 2014 ballot measures
- Laws governing the initiative process in North Dakota
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Initiative Petition," accessed April 24, 2014
- North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife & Parks
- North Dakota Watchdog, "Despite trouble, conservation revenue backers paying petitioners again," April 18, 2014
- The Republic, "Coalition kicks off campaign opposing proposed North Dakota conservation fund ballot measure," February 20, 2014
- The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, "Coalition launching campaign against ND conservation measure," February 20, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Initiative Petition to the Secretary of State," accessed January 9, 2013
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