The Badlands Conservation Alliance and the North Dakota Wildlife Federation have released a 15-minute film, "Keeping All the Pieces," about the impact of oil and gas development on natural resources in the Badlands of western North Dakota.
The two groups developed the film to "engage the public in conversation about what we want for the future of North Dakota," said Jan Swenson, executive director of the Badlands Conservation Alliance.
"The people of North Dakota and our landowners have a good sense of our land and how to use and protect it," Swenson said. "If we simply leave development up to industry, we will get what they give us, and we may not like that."
The film promotes citizen involvement in public land decisions that affect all North Dakotans. In a news release, the two groups said the aim is to find solutions to keep a portion of the Badlands, including Theodore Roosevelt National Park and special portions of the 1 million-acre Little Missouri National Grasslands, safe from industrialization.
"This is a critical issue for the Federation," Mike McEnroe, past president of the North Dakota Wildlife Federation, said in the news release. "Badlands wildlife and natural resources are important to our members and to all outdoor recreationists in the state. To illustrate the magnitude of the problem, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department compiled a report reviewing some 200 studies relating to oil and gas impacts on wildlife on lands similar to western North Dakota. For elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, sage grouse and raptors, the results are all bad."
The film can be viewed on the BCA website at badlandsconservationalliance.org.