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Badlands group to hold annual meeting

BISMARCK — Badlands Conservation Alliance (BCA) will hold its annual meeting and potluck Oct. 8, from 1-4 p.m. at Church of the Cross meeting space, 1004 E. Highland Acres Rd., in Bismarck.

Founded in 1999, BCA is a North Dakota organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the North Dakota Badlands and rolling prairie ecosystem of western North Dakota’s public lands. Recently the group partnered with the U.S. Forest Service in filing an amicus brief in U.S. District Court to stop a legal effort seeking to allow the State of North Dakota to trespass inside sensitive roadless areas of the Badlands for oil development. The state’s lawsuit was dismissed last spring in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the status of some 40,000 acres of U.S. National Grasslands remains classified as “Suitable for Wilderness.”

The group’s business meeting will be followed by a traditional potluck supper and entertainment by Minot’s Rick Watson, an Associate North Dakota Poet Laureate. A native of Mott, Watson lives is a retired professor of communications at Minot State University and a well-known singer of songs and teller of tales of western North Dakota. His poetry has appeared on the pages of “Wild Badlands” and he was recently a featured guest on “The Great American Folk Show.”

More information about BCA and its annual meeting can be found at https://www.badlandsconservationalliance.org/