February 13, 2014

Land transfer hearing March 4

 

By JILL DENNING GACKLE

BHG News Service

The first in a series of hearings on a proposed land transfer will be March 4 in New Town and Garrison and March 7 in Beulah.

The hearing will be at 10 a.m. at the the New Town City Hall and 3 p.m. at the Garrison City Auditorium. The hearing will be 10 a.m. March 7 at the Beulah Civic Center.

The transfer would affect 24,000 acres around Lake Sakakawea on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, as well as other acres around Lake Sakakawea that may be considered "excess."

The hearing is part of a study by Eide Bailly, the firm hired by the state Legislature when a bill was proposed in the 2013 Legislative Session to return "excess" lands because of noxious weeds, public access to the lands, wildlife habitat, endangered species and the proposed tribal land transfer.


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