Dacotah Chapter of the Sierra Club
Wildlands enrich our lives.
When Lewis and Clark passed through North Dakota, it was a vast expanse of wild prairie teeming with wildlife. In the two hundred years since then, much of the state has been plowed under or taken over by towns and cities with their networks of highways, power lines and railroads. A few wild places still survive in North Dakotas National Grasslands where you can experience the awe that Lewis and Clark felt.
The very same river that Lewis and Clark used as a guide through the Northern Plains has now been damed, channeled and tamed. North Dakota is home to one stretch of the Missouri River that looks much like it did when Lewis and Clark traveled through this region. There are vast cottonwood forests and spectacular wildlife on the 87 miles of the river known as the Garrison Reach. This stretch is increasingly threatened as development grows around the cities of Washburn and Bismarck/Mandan.
Today, the badlands and prairies of the Little Missouri River country give thousands of people what it gave to Theodore Roosevelt in the late 1800s, an exhilaration: "the beat of hardy life in our veins," and a responsibility "to preserve all the living creatures of prairie, and woodland, from wanton destruction."
However, these wild places are threatened by oil and gas development and off road vehicle use.
Only 265,000 acres of our national grasslands still qualify for wilderness status. It's just a little bit of land in this big state. We need to act now to ensure the survival of our wild places for future generations. In the 1964 Wilderness Act, Congress promised "to secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring source of wilderness."
But today, 40 years later, that promise has not been kept in North Dakota. We have the opportunity now to go down in history as the Dakotans with the wisdom to fulfill that commitment and protect these wildlands.
We need your help! Contact Dacotah Chapter of the Sierra Club today. We need volunteers to stand up for North Dakotas wild places.
Theodore Roosevelt Group Monthly Meetings
We meet the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Sierra Club office. 311 East Thayer Avenue in Bismarck.
Our chair is Blaine Nordwall and his phone is 701-258-0930.
Upcoming events and outings
Please contact Wayde in our office at 701-530-9288 for information on upcoming events and outings
Theodore Roosevelt Nature & History Associations Annual bird walk
We will join the Theodore Roosevelt Nature & History Associations Annual bird walk at 6:30 am (MDT), rain or shine, at the Cottonwood Campground in the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. TRNHA hosts a chuck wagon breakfast following the hike and a free will donation is requested. Another hike may be available on Saturday or Sunday afternoon if anyone is interested. To RSVP call Bill Walz at 255-6804 by June 4.
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