Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
An Environmental Overview of North Dakota: Past and Present
Harold A. Kantrud
Northern Prairie Science Center
Editorial Note: The following summary of the past and present environment
of North Dakota is the text of a slide presentation developed by Harold A. Kantrud,
Wildlife Biologist, at Northern Prairie Science Center. The talk was presented
in January, 1983, to the Department of Energy's Subcommittee on Environmental
Research, Committee on Coal Gasification Research. The Subcommittee was attempting
to identify biological research issues related to the American Natural Gas Company's
(ANG) proposed coal gasification plant in Mercer County, and to develop the
background understanding necessary to integrate those issues into the context
of the North Dakota environment. Although some of the data are outdated by passage
of 14 years, Mr. Kantrud's remarks to the Subcommittee provide a comprehensive
but concise overview of the natural history of North Dakota and of the environmental
problems that it faces. Initially, we planned to delete portions of the talk
specific to the coal gasification plant, and present only the general overview.
However, those comments illustrate the need for planning and research to accompany
development within a fragile environment, and we elected to present the entire
This resource should be cited as:
Harold, Kantrud A. 1983. An Environmental Overview of North Dakota: Past and
Present. Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
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