- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A committee comprised of private agricultural groups and state agency heads has voted against a proposal by the habitat conservation group Ducks Unlimited to buy and conserve property in Foster County.

The North Dakota Natural Areas Acquisition Advisory Committee voted Tuesday 4-2 in favor of a motion to deny the request. The motion was put forward by Mark Watne, the president of the North Dakota Farmers Union.

Ducks Unlimited wants to buy the 47-acre plot of land from the local Carrington owner. The organization has said it plans to restore the wetlands and replant native grasses on the property, most of which is currently used for agriculture. The site would be managed for wetland mitigation.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple will decide whether to allow the purchase.

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