Leier: Keeping nature enjoyable
FARGO -- Most people who enjoy the outdoors realize they level of enjoyment and satisfaction provided by not simply just getting away from it all or peace and quiet, but the smell or nature and the refreshing body cleanse the outdoors provides --...
FARGO -- Most people who enjoy the outdoors realize they level of enjoyment and satisfaction provided by not simply just getting away from it all or peace and quiet, but the smell or nature and the refreshing body cleanse the outdoors provides - essentially free.
When the campsite is still blaring rock music as the sun comes up, cans and styrofoam are floating in the water and the smell of rotting fish or bait discarded on shore, most will agree these unrequested ingredients will sour the taste of spending time outdoors.
You wouldn’t think it would be necessary for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to remind outdoor recreationists to keep public use areas, including state wildlife management areas, clean this summer by packing out all trash and using some common sense and courtesy.
All garbage should be placed in a proper trash receptacle. If trash cans aren’t available, or are full, take the trash and dispose of it at home.
It is not uncommon to see garbage piling up around trash containers after they become full. Styrofoam containers are not biodegradable, but yet are often found wedged in cattails, drifting or washed up on shore. Fact is those pieces of trash are easily picked up, but that’s not all that’s being dumped.
Worn tires, old mattresses and kitchen appliances have found their way to public use areas. This illegal dumping is costly to clean up and takes a significant toll on the environment.
Not only does it spoil the beauty of the land, it destroys habitat, has the potential to pollute North Dakota waters and can injure wildlife.
While many camping and outdoor recreational sites have their own specific regulations on Department owned lands the possession of glass bottles is prohibited on state wildlife management areas and sovereign lands. Therefore, it is illegal for outdoor recreationists to possess glass containers on sandbars along the Missouri River System.
Littering violations should be reported by calling the Report All Poachers telephone number at 800-472-2121.
Fireworks, model rocket engines, or combustible or explosive materials prohibited: No person may possess, discharge, or set off within any wildlife management area any form of fireworks, model rocket engine, or combustible or explosive material unless authorized by the director or the director’s designee.
The term “fireworks” means any combustible or explosive composition, or any substance or combination of substances or article prepared to produce a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation. The term includes any blank cartridge, toy pistol, toy cannon, toy cane, or toy gun in which an explosive other than a toy paper cap is used; balloon that requires fire underneath to propel the balloon; firecracker, torpedo, skyrocket, Roman candle, day go bomb, sparkler, or other item of like construction; item containing any explosive or flammable compound; or any tablet or other device containing any explosive substance. This section does not apply to any toy paper cap containing not more than .25 grains (16.20 milligrams) of explosive composition per cap.
- “Model rocket engine” means a commercially manufactured, non-reusable rocket propulsion device constructed of a nonmetallic casing and solid propellant wherein all of the ingredients are self-contained so as not to require mixing or handling by the user. The propellant charge may not exceed 2.2 ounces (62.37 grams) per engine.
- “Combustible or explosive material” does not include rifle, shotgun, or handgun ammunition; petroleum-based or synthetic fuels and lubricants when contained within a motor or recreational vehicle engine or drive train; or matches, butane, kerosene, propane, or similar fuels and devices used in the ordinary course of camping. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a noncriminal offense and shall pay a $100 fee.
- Paintballing prohibited. No person shall engage in any form of paintballing on any state wildlife management area unless authorized by the director or the director’s designee. The term “paintballing” refers to any sport in which participants eliminate opponents from play by hitting them with paintballs (spherical gelatin capsules containing primarily polyethylene glycol, other nontoxic and water-soluble substances, and dye) shot from a compressed-gas-powered gun, commonly called a marker.
Geocaching prohibited: No person shall engage in any form of geocaching on any state wildlife management area unless authorized by the director or the director’s designee. The term “geocaching” refers to an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”). A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and “treasure”.
Dogs: No person may conduct, permit, or carry out field trials for dogs on any wildlife management area without first obtaining a permit from the director or the director’s designee.
Training of bird and gun dogs is prohibited April 1 through August 15 on all wildlife management areas. Training of dogs on any wildlife management areas by a professional trainer is prohibited at all times. Any person other than a professional trainer who violates this section is guilty of a noncriminal offense and shall pay a $100 fee.
Group activities: Group activities attended by more than 25 persons are prohibited without a permit issued by the director or the director’s designee. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a noncriminal offense and shall pay a $100 fee.
Noise: Excessive noise, which unreasonably disturbs other individuals, is prohibited on wildlife management areas. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a noncriminal offense and shall pay a $50 fee.
A complete list of WMA regulations is available on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.