State Sen. Jennifer Fielder has suggested that a Utah county commissioner, Nevada state legislators and a Canadian negotiator know what’s best for us here in Montana. I’d like to think Montanans know what’s best for Montana. While transferring federal lands into state hands may be of interes…
HELENA — Federal land management has become one of the hottest political issues this election season, and front and center in the debate are lawsuits filed by environmental groups challenging timber sales as well as listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act.
An old political joke holds that where you stand depends on where you sit.
Should Montana Republican lawmakers saddle up to take control of federal lands, they might be without one important, generally conservative group: cowboys.
On a research plot near the Rochester, Minn., airport, Jared Goplen has watched weeds for the past three summers. His specialty is giant ragweed, one of more than a dozen species of “superweeds” that resist the most widely used herbicides. Superweeds can take over cropland, reduce yields and…
Over the last few months, some Montana legislators have been ginning up attention to the idea that national forests and other public lands should be taken away from the federal government and transferred to state or local governments. Proponents of these schemes offer legal-sounding rhetoric…
Montana once boasted a strong timber industry that helped maintain healthy forests, supported local jobs and provided a steady revenue stream for our counties and schools.
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…
ENNIS — A herd of 710 wild horses relocated to Montana is settling into its new quarters as workers erect new fences meant to reassure neighbors that their wandering days are over.
CODY — The first "Spring into Yellowstone: Cody Birding and Wildlife Festival" was so successful that the second-annual event already is scheduled for next year.
RECLUSE — For years, when the unrelenting wind swept over the high prairie, the cattle on Jason Oedekoven’s ranch huddled together along Bitter Creek.
RIVERTON — Fremont County has lost its spot as Wyoming's No. 1 alfalfa-producing county, growing only two-thirds of the hay in 2012 than it did in 2011.
We’ve reached a huge milestone here at the Bureau of Land Management’s Miles City Field Office. After a great deal of planning and analysis by BLM staff and a significant investment of time from our numerous cooperating agencies, I wanted to let you know the Miles City Field Office Draft Res…
BUTTE — The Bureau of Land Management is asking ranchers in southwestern Montana to reduce grazing on public lands due to drought.
CHEYENNE — A legal settlement between ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would reduce wild horse numbers in the Rock Springs area by about half.
BUTTE — In response to the Bureau of Land Management’s recent relocation of 700 wild horses to a ranch outside of Ennis, a bill regulating the movement of wild horses is making its way through the Montana Senate and might reach the House by next week.
DENVER — Federal officials are looking at options for setting royalties for commercial oil shale development, including implementing sliding-scale royalties or giving the interior secretary authority to set a higher rate than a 12.5 percent minimum rate if it's deemed appropriate.
LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming is offering a new undergraduate program in professional land management.
GREAT FALLS - State agencies are proposing to buy a combined 4,500 acres of ranchland near the U.S.-Canada border.
CHEYENNE — A quarterly federal auction of oil and gas leases in Wyoming has generated nearly $6.5 million.