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North Dakota Coalition announces opposition to proposed conservation amendment

BISMARCK (KCND) -- There's already opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would dedicate five percent of oil extraction taxes to North Dakota conservation projects. The group “North Dakotans for Common Sense Conservation” says that’s too much money, and it would take away from other needs.

The coalition is made up of groups representing industry, business, agriculture and local governments. 

North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne says his organization doesn't like language in the measure that would allow wildlife or other non-profit groups to purchase land for conservation purposes. Watne says if those groups are allowed to buy land, it'll drive up prices for family farmers and ranchers and make it tough for those who are just starting out to buy land.

Supporters are still collecting signatures to get it on the November ballot.