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Work at WMA seeks to improve recreation, safety

7/02/09 (Thu)

The North Beulah Mine Wildlife Management Area offers area residents opportunities for fishing and hunting. The 1,859 acre WMA operated by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is covered with spoil piles and pits from old mining operations. The North Dakota Public Service Commission is currently working on a project to remove some of the highwalls in the area to make the area safer and increase access for outdoor recreation.

Highwalls are the edges where strip-mining operations ceased. They are often sheer drops that represent a hazard to users and Game and Fish staff, said Dan Halstead, the agency’s district Wildlife Resource Management Supervisor based in Riverdale. Some of the highwalls are drops of 30-60 feet, he said.