Edderton Wildlife Refuge Act

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Edderton Wildlife Refuge Act

The Kingdom of Gradonia, exercising its sovereignty, holds the responsibility to protect and preserve ecological balance and restore the native wildlife population(s).This responsibility has been taken under consideration due to the discovery of an advanced, and seemingly untouched colony of Pogonomyrmex barbatus, henceforth referred to as Red harvester ants. This discovery, combined with the increase of Solenopsis invicta, henceforth referred to as the Imported Fire ant (IFA), which damages both the populations of the Red harvester ant and other native plant and animal species. Therefore, on the 6th day of the 2nd month in the first year of Royal Ascension, the Konlichstag of Gradonia establishes that due to the;

i. endangered status of the Red harvester ants within Gradonia,

a. a restricted area, henceforth known as the Edderton Wildlife Refuge, is to be established in a thirty-five by twenty meter area surrounding the colony. The Wildlife Refuge will be restricted to all citizenry of Gradonia excepting Refuge staff appointed by the Secretary of Home Affairs or individuals with written assent from His Majesty, the King,
b. and a ban on any intentional killing or habitat damage of Red harvester ants. Any person(s) found infringing the previous clause will be charged with a minimum fine of forty Dokars, along with ten additional dokars for every square meter of confirmed damaged habitat.

ii. invasive nature of the Imported Fire ant,

a. the use of insecticides, limited to only those approved for use by the Department of Home affairs, shall be authorized to be used to eliminate any colonies,
b.agricultural waste products, such as discarded fruits, vegetables, or animal remains are to be kept in an airtight container before being disposed of permanently,
c. all foreign imports relating to live plants, soils, and infrastructural materials are to be searched for IFAs before entering Gradonia.

This resolution has been ratified by the Konlichstag and granted assent by His Majesty, King William I.