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Chessman Reservoir project starts despite request for injunction

HELENA — Two conservation groups have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the Red Mountain Flume Chessman Reservoir timber project that officials say is necessary to protect Helena’s water supply.

August 21, 2014 8:07 pmLoading…
Hearings to be held on wolf conservation stamp

Hearings to be held on wolf conservation stamp

HELENA — Montana wildlife officials will hold public hearings on a proposal to create a wolf conservation stamp that would allow non-hunters to contribute $20 apiece to help in the management of the predators.

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HMF62214 Accent Art

HMF62214 Accent Art

To run the air conditioning unit most efficiently, set the thermostat at the same temperature all day, varying only by a few degrees at night, if at all, and avoid large temperature changes because the cooling system cannot "keep up." The lesser the difference between indoor and outdoor temp…

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Conservation groups appeal whitebark pine ruling

Conservationists are appealing a federal judge's ruling that rejected attempts to force the government to protect a high-elevation pine tree whose nuts are a food source for threatened grizzly bears.

May 20, 2014 4:18 pmLoading…
Feds spent $77 million to protect sage grouse in Wyoming since 2010

Feds spent $77 million to protect sage grouse in Wyoming since 2010

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming landowners received nearly $77 million in federal funding during the last three years in exchange for conserving more than 1 million acres to protect sage grouse, recently released government figures show.

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FWP boss announces scaled-back Montana bison plan

FWP boss announces scaled-back Montana bison plan

Expectations for a statewide bison-conservation plan were scaled back by Montana’s top wildlife official on Wednesday following backlash from ranchers opposed to restoring the animals to parts of their historical habitat.

April 23, 2014 3:43 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Heritage Act would continue bipartisan conservation

Guest opinion: Heritage Act would continue bipartisan conservation

For over 60 years, the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association has served as an important voice for the outfitting industry and as a key partner in decisions that effect management of public land and wildlife resources. We are proud to represent over 200 member businesses across the state.…

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Wyoming spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation

Wyoming spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming has spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation since 2005. That was the finding of a new report by the Western Governors Association, which inventoried the efforts of 11 western states to protect the bird and its habitat.

April 01, 2014 12:06 pmLoading…
Chamber News: Chamber favors state-based plan for protecting sage grouse

Chamber News: Chamber favors state-based plan for protecting sage grouse

An issue plaguing agriculture, energy development and environmentalists today is the preservation of the sage-grouse, a bird with breeding habitat in plains and grasslands through the upper northwest states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, California, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, North and…

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Guest opinion: Montana's sage grouse worth protecting

Guest opinion: Montana's sage grouse worth protecting

After a century or two of obscurity, the sage grouse has been getting a lot of attention lately. It’s not just about sage grouse, but where it lives and what it presents: Montana’s healthy sagebrush habitats.

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Meeting offers conservation groups a moment to shine

Ten conservation-minded Billings organizations spent the lunch hour Tuesday telling the City Council what they’ve been up to in recent months.

March 18, 2014 4:08 pmLoading…
Guest opinion: Climate change threatens Montana's wildlife

Guest opinion: Climate change threatens Montana's wildlife

Acting with the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation as our guide, hunters and anglers have been leading conservation advocates in Montana for decades. Our efforts have helped establish unmatched hunting and fishing traditions that form one of the cornerstones to Montana’s way of li…

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Endangered Species Act's 40th anniversary draws celebration, critics

Endangered Species Act's 40th anniversary draws celebration, critics

MISSOULA — Last Thursday, a bald eagle devoured a goldeneye duck on the ice beside Brennan’s Wave, just downstream of Missoula’s Higgins Avenue Bridge.

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Wyoming Game and Fish names new Jackson warden

JACKSON — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has named Kyle Lash as the new south Jackson game warden.

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President Kennedy in Billings

President Kennedy in Billings

In Billings, a young girl is lifted above the crowd to shake hands with President John F. Kennedy during the president's "Conservation Tour" of Western states on Sept. 25, 1963.

September 22, 2013 12:00 am
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants public comment on Montana grizzly plan

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants public comment on Montana grizzly plan

HELENA — Government biologists say merely providing habitat won't be enough for grizzly bears to thrive along Montana's Northern Continental Divide after the animals are eventually delisted from federal protections.

May 04, 2013 12:56 pmLoading…
Montana's political clout diminishes with Baucus retirement

Montana's political clout diminishes with Baucus retirement

He’s been called the sixth-most-powerful man in Washington, and when U.S. Sen. Max Baucus unexpectedly announced his retirement Tuesday, political lights dimmed on many Montana interests.

April 24, 2013 10:15 am Video Related Loading…
Guest opinion: Hunting another step toward grizzly bear recovery

Guest opinion: Hunting another step toward grizzly bear recovery

Nearly 30 years ago, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee was created to coordinate the wide range of state, federal and provincial resource agencies sharing responsibility for recovering the grizzly bear. It was with unique foresight that an entity such as IGBC was created to allow for th…

December 29, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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Two hikers overdue in Glacier's Two Medicine area; weather hampers search

MISSOULA - Two hikers from the East Coast are overdue from a backcountry trip in the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park, and the park is asking for information from anyone who has been in the area.

October 14, 2012 8:00 amLoading…

Conservation a priority for hunters and anglers

Results of a new poll that shows sportsmen prioritize protecting public lands — with support even as strong as that for gun rights — really came as no surprise to Ken Theis.

October 02, 2012 1:32 pmLoading…

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