Open Fires Banned on Oahe WMA

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Open Fires Banned on Oahe WMA
Mon, 04/23/2018

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is prohibiting open burning this spring on property managed south of Bismarck and Mandan, as a means to reduce potential for wildfires on a heavily wooded recreation area along the Missouri River.

Bill Haase, wildlife resource management supervisor, said all open burning, including campfires, is banned until further notice on the Oahe Wildlife Management Area along both sides of the Missouri River. While the use of portable grills is allowed, extreme caution is advised due to the heavily vegetated area.

Haase said these woodlands are prone to wildfires prior to spring green-up. Mild temperatures and a high fuel load in the river bottoms are a cause for concern, he said, in addition to being a high use area for anglers, campers and other outdoor recreationists.

Oahe WMA covers more than 16,000 acres along Lake Oahe south of Bismarck-Mandan, in portions of Burleigh, Emmons, and Morton counties. Burning restriction signs are posted at all entrances to the WMA.

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A good CONTROLLED BURN in the Oahe bottoms would  be a good thing.  There's so much downed deadfall that it's choking out all undergrowth---needed for wildlife habitat. 

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The thing we need in the bottoms is to start planting more cottonwoods to replace the old ones before they are all gone. Luckily we have a few new groves to replace some of the old ones due to the flood but certainly not enough. The damn ash trees are junk and one only need to look at the huge block of timber we lost down at the gun range to see what a fire can do to them if it gets rolling. Would definitely like to see the game and fish do some tree planting down there to at lest fill in some of the hole that was left behind.

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It looks as though the Feds. need to flex there muscle again, makes me sick.  A good quality day in the outdoors with your son or grandson revolves around a good day of fishing, a small campfire, and weenie roast.  Try to do that on corps land around Sak. like you did in the good the good old days, that might  land you in prison. I just love the fact that some controlling knothead feels he needs to put the screws to another quality outdoor experience.  Don't you just love when your making an effort at showing the kids how you grow a love for the great outdoors, all the while looking over your shoulder and hoping some ticket writing government payrolled individual doesn't come around the corner and louse up your entire evening.  Seems to be happening pretty damn frequently these days.  Thank god Trump and Zinke are making an effort to increase recreational opportunities on public lands.  In the last 30 years I've had approximately 500,000 acres pulled out from under my feet within 100 miles of my hometown in Elko, Nevada. along with 300 miles of closed roads. There is not any access left to quality hunting grounds.  I sure feel sorry for my awesome little grandson, he loves to get out but isn't going to have anything to enjoy by the time he's of age to hunt.  If we can't access it today, he can't access it tomorrow.  Land of No Use to Anybody.

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What the hell does this have to do with the corp this decision came down from the game and fish. This is nothing new they do it every spring and for good reason because in the period of time between when the snow melts off and new green grass gets going the bottom ssouth of Bismarck turn into a Tinderbox and once every two to three years a big fire gets going and burns down big chunks of the bottoms such as the pic shows. Once we green up the ban is lifted so long as we are not in a drought.

 

 

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What the hell difference does it make if it came down from the corp, game and fish, county, or any other entity that oversees public lands. It appears to me from your picture that nature may simply be taking care of itself, as it should.  It's becoming agency after agency reaching way too far in an effort to control the action of the public.  I had a fantastic archery tag here in Nevada a few years ago, plans for a memorable hunt were made, vacation time was taken from work and 1 week before the hunt the BLM decided it was too dry to allow any off-highway travel, basically shutting down the hunt.  Nevada is a drought and has been in a drought for the last several centuries, that's why we have endless desert and blowing sands.  That year the hunt was basically cancelled was just like every other year, but some public land do-gooder somehow convinced all the greenies working within the BLM they would shut the public down.  This type of thing is happening more frequently year after year.  I don't feel it will end until they are happy and shut down all public access to public lands.  Things such as this are just the tip of the iceberg, and if you don't see it or feel it you certainly should.

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So we should be able to do whatever we want wherever we want whenever we want! Huh yeah I going to go on a limb here and say that's not the necessarily the best management technique and it's probably a good thing you're not in charge of it. We have a lack of Forest bottomgrounds in North Dakota the way it is and we have already lost hundreds of Acres of bottomland forest to springtime fires caused by dipshites doing dumb shit. These bans have been put in place for years now and have definitely helped keep the fires in check. Get us a couple more shots of rain and a couple more weeks of growning some new green grass and the ban will be lifted. All one has to do is to go down to the gun range and see that half of those bottoms look like open prairie or Forest existed while I was in high school and I for one prefer the forested side. we already have way more then enough grasslands.