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Conservation In The United States

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Room to roam. With the bison population inside Yellowstone Park topping 4,600, the U.S. Department of Interior released a report identifying 20 possible bison relocation sites on federal lands in 10 states. However, it will be at least five years before any Yellowstone bison can be relocate…

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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.

June 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: FWP bison relocation would harm private landowners

A Montana district court recently ruled that Montana laws dealing with the wild or domestic status of bison are “ambiguous.” Those laws certainly are complicated, and for good reason.

April 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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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Guest opinion: Protect sage grouse without killing Montana's economy

Gov. Steve Bullock has taken on a tough task: developing a greater sage grouse habitat policy that won’t harm Montana’s economy. His plan must be in place before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides in 2015 if the bird should be listed as threatened or endangered under the U.S. Endange…

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Guest opinion: Let's keep tax incentives for landowner conservation

While Congress struggles with diverse and, at times, divisive issues, it’s comforting to know the Montana congressional delegation can unify around homegrown Montana legislation that’s beneficial to agriculture, landowners and conservation.

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Guest opinion: Bone up on bird facts before grousing over BLM plans

Guest opinion: Bone up on bird facts before grousing over BLM plans

Sage grouse management is one objective of many in the Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Management Plan proposals. It is at least in part aimed at working collaboratively with government agencies, private landowners, and all Montanans and Americans to try to keep sage grouse populations …

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Guest opinion: BLM land proposals threaten rural Montana

The Bureau of Land Management is considering several Resource Management Plan proposals in Montana, with one major objective ostensibly aimed at conserving sage grouse habitat to bolster population growth. However, the stated intentions are very different from what the plans would actually a…

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Wyoming Game and Fish proposes cutting habitat, education programs and fish stocking

Wyoming Game and Fish proposes cutting habitat, education programs and fish stocking

More than a million fish may not be stocked in Wyoming waters next year. New habitat projects may not be considered. The annual Hunting and Fishing Heritage Expo may be canceled.

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Guest opinion: Prairie reserve welcomes hunters, hikers

Guest opinion: Prairie reserve welcomes hunters, hikers

American Prairie Reserve’s recent purchase of a property in Valley County has sparked renewed interest in our mission and our philosophy regarding access to APR lands. I want to clarify our approach to public access.

December 01, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Conservation acres grow by 3.9 million acres, but cuts loom

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accepted 3.9 million acres of vulnerable farm land into its conservation program, including a quarter-million acres in Montana and Wyoming.

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Ag Secretary stresses need for conservation programs

Ag Secretary stresses need for conservation programs

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he’s confident the nation’s largest volunteer conservation effort will endure the squeeze of budget cuts and rising commodities prices.

May 24, 2012 11:00 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Montana hunters, anglers benefit from roadless lands

Our state is home to the best hunting and fishing in the United States. That is why many sportsmen and women across Montana are standing up for backcountry roadless lands by strongly opposing The Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act (H.R. 1581). This bill would harm critically important …

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Guest opinion: Free Western lands from federal regulations

Like much else in government, U.S. public land policy is a vestige of the past, established in 1910 when America’s population was just 92.2 million and a Western state such as Nevada had only 81,000 residents.

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Guest opinion: Don't swap state-federal lands in Breaks Monument

Last fall, Montana newspapers ran articles and guest opinions on the swap out of state land from the Missouri Breaks Monument. Landowners don’t like the swap idea; Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Bureau of Land Management and environmentalists favor federal land con…

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BLM seeks nominations to advisory council

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for three open positions on the Wyoming Resource Advisory Council.

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Guest opinion: Changing roadless land management would improving hunting

For far too long, the management of our nation’s forests has been dictated by aggressive litigation and continual administrative road blocks. Recent studies on elk nutrition and upland game birds have highlighted the indisputable necessity of active habitat management for these species. Yet …

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Guest opinion: Land conservation shouldn't be partisan debate

Descendants of William Clark recently gave to the Chinook Tribe a replacement for the ocean-going canoe that Lewis and Clark took during a dark moment on their Voyage of Discovery.

October 08, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Locals initially opposed monuments now treasured as parks

U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg’s legislation “The Montana Land Sovereignty Act,” as well as similar legislation with identical goals introduced by Utah and Idaho representatives, is a cynical attempt to shackle the president’s prerogative to create national monuments. Collectively these bills repre…

October 01, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Ducks Unlimited banquet is Friday

The Yellowstone County Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held on Friday at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

September 22, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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