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An Environmental Overview of North Dakota: Past and Present


In summary, North Dakota has undergone more basic environmental changes than many of our more heavily populated states. The plant nutrients that accumulated for centuries under North Dakota's grasslands have been heavily exploited and the state now ranks first in the production of such important food commodities as durum, spring wheat, barley, flax, sunflowers, edible beans, and honey. The state is number one, outside of Alaska, in the production of waterfowl, another important international resource. It is therefore important that the well-being of both the agricultural and wildlife resources be given high priority as the exploitation of the state's energy resources continues to expand.
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