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Conservation Resources

Oil and natural gas rank among North Dakota’s many natural resources, but our members recognize that our great state is fortunate to possess many others, including abundant land, water, and habitat for wildlife. Hunting, fishing and the outdoors are an important part of our North Dakota heritage, and  our companies are committed to protecting our rich land and wildlife resources through the responsible development of our oil and natural gas. Advancements in technologies like horizontal drilling allow companies to develop more oil and gas while reducing impact on the land, but there are several other tools companies can use to help minimize impacts on North Dakota wildlife and its habitats. We encourage our members to learn more about the tools below and incorporate them into their everyday practices.


GIS Overlay Maps

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has developed geographic information systems maps of habitats for key species in North Dakota to assist companies in considering potential impacts on wildlife in permitting, siting and operations. Companies interested in receiving digital copies of these maps and learning more about how they can reduce impacts to wildlife and habitats should contact the Game and Fish Department here.


Recommended Best Practices

This is a compilation of recommendations developed by the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department for use in reducing oil/gas exploration and production impacts to fish and wildlife resources in North Dakota. It should be recognized these recommendations are largely voluntary and are not necessarily comprehensive in nature. These recommendations are considered to be contemporary “best management practices” based on the latest advances in technology and methodology for oil and gas exploration, extraction, production, and delivery; and are subject to change and revision. Additionally, numerous state and federal statutes and requirements have been established to guide and govern various aspects of oil/gas related activities and to protect migratory birds, bald and golden eagles, and threatened and endangered species and their habitats. These recommendations do not supplant those requirements.