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Battle in the Bull Mountains: Northern Plains files suit to overturn coal lease

Battle in the Bull Mountains: Northern Plains files suit to overturn coal lease

Cracks in the ground, some deeper than a man’s height, are cropping up on hillsides in the Bull Mountains.

September 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Crews working to contain wildfire near Grass Range

Crews working to contain wildfire near Grass Range

Crews are working to contain a wildfire burning on 1,100 acres about seven miles northeast of Grass Range.

August 20, 2014 6:55 am Photos

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Could drones help fight Western wildfires?

Could drones help fight Western wildfires?

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – When it comes to analyzing dangerous wildfires, could a sensor attached to a drone ever replace a human eye connected to an intellect shaped by experience and intuition?

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BLM: No money, room for more mustang roundups

RENO, Nev. — Federal land managers say a lawsuit by Nevada ranchers and others demanding acceleration of wild horse roundups doesn't pass legal muster, but even if it did, they don't have the money or the room at U.S. corrals to gather more mustangs.

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Gazette opinion: From tickets to tracks — BLM does great work in Acton

Gazette opinion: From tickets to tracks — BLM does great work in Acton

The Acton Recreation Area has been transformed from a place of citations to excitement.

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Guest opinion: Stand up for Montanans' access to public lands

John Brenden (April 17 guest opinion) pretended to be a “friend” of public recreationists while promoting a Bureau of Land Management land exchange with his political supporters, the Wilks brothers.

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BLM repairing damage to Cottonwood Road

BLM repairing damage to Cottonwood Road

The BLM Billings Field Office has begun road repairs on Cottonwood Road, south of Bridger, which accesses the popular Weatherman Draw area.

April 22, 2014 12:31 pmLoading…
Rosendale calls for transferring federal lands to state

Rosendale calls for transferring federal lands to state

HELENA — Republican U.S. House candidate Matt Rosendale is proposing that the federal government transfer Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in Montana to the state to manage and control. 

April 18, 2014 6:02 pm Related

Guest opinion: Proposed BLM land exchange a good deal for all recreationalists

Montana outdoor enthusiasts have it pretty good. With over 32 million acres of state and federal land open to all sorts of recreational opportunities, we truly are an outdoors mecca.

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BLM criticized for selling horses for slaughter

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management rounded up a horse herd that roamed for decades on federal land in northwest Wyoming and handed the horses over to Wyoming officials. They, in turn, sold the herd to the highest bidder, a Canadian slaughterhouse.

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Pompeys Pillar vandal accepts responsibility, agrees to fines

Pompeys Pillar vandal accepts responsibility, agrees to fines

The man responsible for carving his name near Capt. William Clark's signature on the Pompeys Pillar National Monument has taken responsibility for his crimes.

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BLM budget focuses on wild horses, sage grouse

BLM budget focuses on wild horses, sage grouse

RENO, Nev. — Wild-horse fertility control and sage grouse habitat conservation are among top priorities in the proposed $1.1 billion budget for the federal Bureau of Land Management.

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Drummond group looks to create ‘ecosanctuary’ for some of BLM’s wild horses

Drummond group looks to create ‘ecosanctuary’ for some of BLM’s wild horses

A group of Drummond landowners is considering opening pastures to wild horses from the federal Bureau of Land Management.

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BLM: Companies need repaid if drilling rejected

JACKSON, Wyo. — A U.S. Bureau of Land Management official says the government would need to repay $2.6 million to petroleum companies if the U.S. Forest Service decides next year not to allow gas drilling in part of the Wyoming Range.

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BLM recreation areas closed by wet conditions

The Asparagus Point Recreation Area east of Roundup on the Musselshell River is closed and won't reopen until repairs have been made to the site later this spring. The Shepherd Ah-Nei OHV riding area is also closed until the area dries out.

March 24, 2014 1:39 pmLoading…
Details of controversial land exchange unveiled

Details of controversial land exchange unveiled

A week after revealing details of a central Montana land exchange to conservation groups and after more than a month of speculation by interested residents, the Bureau of Land Management has revealed the details of the proposal.

March 19, 2014 12:40 pm Photos

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BLM, USFS release draft sage grouse plan

BLM, USFS release draft sage grouse plan

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service favor a middle path among the options they're considering for protecting habitat for the greater sage grouse in Wyoming.

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BLM seeks public comment on drilling plan

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal from an energy company to drill an exploratory well south of Rock Springs.

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Guest opinion: Stop overlooking prairie's natural value

My lifelong interest in the sport of falconry makes me passionate about Eastern Montana’s wide-open spaces, and, especially, wilder expanses of native prairie. Falconry is an ancient and demanding pursuit, but often the most challenging part is finding a suitable landscape with good, native …

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Prescribed burns planned

The Bureau of Land Management Billings Field Office will conduct multiple prescribed burns over the next few months to reduce hazardous vegetation fuels in Yellowstone, Stillwater, Carbon and Musselshell counties. Burning will begin this month and continue until all projects are completed.

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