Goehring announces wetland credits database

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring today activated a new online service to connect farmers and ranchers needing wetland credits with agricultural landowners who have available wetlands.

“The Wetlands Credits Database brings together farmers to help them mitigate issues on their property,” Goehring said. “Farmers can obtain credits to modify their wetlands, and those selling credits can derive income from non-productive land.”

The database is found on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) website, www.nd.gov/ndda. Persons who do not have Internet access should call NDDA at (701) 328-2231 or (800) 242-7535.

Goehring explained that under the Wetland Conservation Act, a farmer cannot drain or reduce a wetland on his property without creating or expanding a wetland elsewhere. The farmers can also replace lost wetlands by obtaining wetland credits from a landowner who has eligible wetlands.

Goehring said NDDA does not participate in the negotiations between landowners.

“Our purpose is to bring the parties together,” he said. “Once they have established contact, it is up to them working with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to reach an agreement.

NDDA will not list names of farmers and ranchers listed on the database on its website.

The database was authorized by the 2013 Legislature (HB1247).