Environmental Quality Council
The Environmental Quality Council earlier this month approved draft reports and draft bills on proposed legislation dealing with hunting and fishing license fees, the administration of historic properties in Virginia and Nevada cities, and federal land management and is now seeking public co…
HELENA — A legislative council on Thursday cut emergency funding from a draft bill proposing increases to several hunting and fishing license fees and standardizing discounted licenses before sending the bill out for public comment.
HELENA — A legislative panel Thursday voted to advance a report on how to encourage more state involvement in management of federal lands in Montana — but not before changing it to say transferring those lands to the state should be considered a “last resort.”
HELENA — A study of federal land management problems in Montana roiled a legislative panel Wednesday, as some members said the report has a “hidden agenda” of transferring ownership of federal lands to the state.
A draft bill that calls for the creation of a federal lands management subcommittee became politicized following the Montana Republican Party’s passage of a resolution last week supporting the transfer of federal lands to the state.
An advisory group that has worked about eight months to develop a proposal to raise Montana hunting and fishing license fees struggled to form a unified front at its final meeting on Wednesday in Helena.
Updates on the greater sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy, and wolf, grizzly and bison management will be on the agenda for the Environmental Quality Council when it meets on May 14 and 15 in Helena.
No one likes to pay more and get less, except maybe dieters looking for fewer calories in a meal. But that’s the scenario hunters in Montana may be facing in the future.
The Environmental Quality Council's SJ 15 work group will meet by phone on Feb. 6 to continue evaluating federal land management in Montana and addressing risks and concerns associated with that management.
The Environmental Quality Council's SJ 15 working group will meet by phone Jan. 23 to continue evaluating federal land management in Montana and addressing risks and concerns associated with that management.
An audit of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks public hunting access program found several problems, including what auditors saw as double payments to owners of FWP conservation easements.
Spirited discussions took place in the capitol Wednesday on whether Montana should attempt to wrest ownership of public lands from the federal government.
Possible changes to Montana’s hunting and fishing license fees, including a base license for all rifle and archery licenses, could boost the Fish, Wildlife and Parks budget to within $1.5 million of the annual budget target.
The Environmental Quality Council will hold its next meeting on Jan. 8 and 9 in Room 317 of the State Capitol.
Concerned that the speakers for an upcoming discussion may be biased toward the transfer of federal lands to state control, an Environmental Quality Council work group agreed to a legislator’s request to consider other participants.
The Legislative Environmental Quality Council’s SJR 4 working group will meet Tuesday to delve deeper into its study of the management and operation of state properties at Virginia City, Nevada City and Reeder’s Alley in Helena.
After a record-setting fire season last year that burned thousands of acres and many homes and outbuildings in southeastern and south-central Montana, this year has been notably quiet thanks to timely rainfall.
Montana has the distinction of being the most expensive state in the West for a nonresident to purchase an elk hunting license, and the second-most expensive place to hunt deer.