Doug Leier: A dialog with Jeb Williams | Open air

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I see a lot of different things in North Dakota; You see a lot of passion. People who choose to make North Dakota their home because of our outdoor resources. As biologists, we often don’t think too much about the economic impact that affects the state. But it was something I got a little more interested in … a huge interest in looking at some of these details over the past few years and just seeing how the outdoor leisure industry is affecting small businesses, cities, big cities in North Dakota . It is really important.

There’s no doubt that outdoor recreation isn’t the economical engine in North Dakota, but there’s a cylinder in this engine, and if that doesn’t continue in the relationship it was, I think you’ll have some problems with this one Engine will see. I think we definitely play a role in that. And again, it’s a really powerful thing when people make decisions about where they live. We know North Dakotans work hard. We know they are well trained. You can go almost anywhere in the country to find their home and make a living, but it’s a really powerful thing to have people who choose where to live based on our outdoor opportunities. The diversity of North Dakota plays a role in this, whether it’s fishing, hunting, waterfowling, highland game hunting, big game hunting … whatever, we have it in North Dakota. It’s very attractive to a lot of different people and I definitely take it very seriously.

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