Associated Press, Published August 10 2009
ND wants sale of part of bird refugeBISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's attorney general says part of an Audubon Society bird sanctuary in central North Dakota was illegally acquired and has to be sold.
Attorney General Stenehjem is suing the National Audubon Society in state court in Stutsman County. He says it must sell 263 acres of farmland about 12 miles northeast of Jamestown. The property was used as crop and grazing land before the society bought it in 1988.
North Dakota does not generally allow corporations to buy or own farmland. The lawsuit says the Audubon Society does not meet any of the exemptions in the law that would allow it to legally own the land.
An Audubon Society spokesman says the organization is reviewing the lawsuit.
The property is part of a bird sanctuary that covers 2,200 acres.
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