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N.D. endangered species plan approved

BISMARCK (AP) -- State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said the federal Environmental Protection Agency is giving North Dakota more of a voice when it comes to protecting endangered species from exposure to pesticides.

Goehring said the EPA has approved a plan that will protect endangered species in the state while still being "reasonable" for pesticide users.

Goehring said that under the plan, his department will help with assessing risks and implementing management plans. He said pesticide users will be able to offer ideas and recommendations.

North Dakota is home to seven endangered species: the whooping crane, black-footed ferret, piping plover, pallid sturgeon, least tern, grey wolf and western prairie fringed orchid.