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Environmental Quality Council

Hunting, fishing license hikes on EQC agenda

Final decisions on studies of federal land management, Montana's hunting and fishing licensing system and Virginia City, Nevada City, and Reeder's Alley will top the agenda of the Environmental Quality Council at its meeting on Sept 10 and 11 in Room 317 of the State Capitol in Helena.

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EQC seeks comments on draft reports, bills

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…

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Proposal to raise license fees OK’d; but emergency funds for FWP rejected

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.

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Legislative panel advances report on federal-land management

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.”

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Legislative fed-land study sparks accusations of 'hidden agenda' of transferring lands to state

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.

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Draft bill stirs federal land debate

Draft bill stirs federal land debate

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.

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Group forwards draft bill with fishing, hunting fee increases to legislative committee

Group forwards draft bill with fishing, hunting fee increases to legislative committee

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.

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Wildlife topics on EQC agenda for May 14-15 meeting

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.

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Panel to examine hunting, fishing license fee proposals

Panel to examine hunting, fishing license fee proposals

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.

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Group to discuss federal land management on Feb. 6

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.

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Federal lands working group to meet Jan. 23

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.

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'Double dipping' in hunter access program riles panel

'Double dipping' in hunter access program riles panel

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.

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Panel discusses state ownership of federal land

Spirited discussions took place in the capitol Wednesday on whether Montana should attempt to wrest ownership of public lands from the federal government.

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Hunting, fishing license fees may rise to balance FWP budget

Hunting, fishing license fees may rise to balance FWP budget

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.

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EQC to meet Jan. 8-9 in Helena

The Environmental Quality Council will hold its next meeting on Jan. 8 and 9 in Room 317 of the State Capitol.

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Sen. Fielder

Sen. Fielder

Fielder

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Rep. Lieser

Rep. Lieser

Lieser

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State studies ways to manage federal lands

State studies ways to manage federal lands

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.

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Study committee to examine Virginia, Nevada city operations

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.

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Quiet fire season saves state money

Quiet fire season saves state money

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.

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