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Environmental litigation debated in Montana

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.

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Montana counties gain voice in federal land management via growth plans

Montana counties gain voice in federal land management via growth plans

An old political joke holds that where you stand depends on where you sit.

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Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Should Montana Republican lawmakers saddle up to take control of federal lands, they might be without one important, generally conservative group: cowboys.

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Farmers struggling to cope with emergence of 'superweeds'

Farmers struggling to cope with emergence of 'superweeds'

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…

September 01, 2014 12:00 am

Guest opinion: No grass roots in plots to take over Montana's public lands

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…

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Guest opinion: Fewer lawsuits, bigger harvests will restore timber industry

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.

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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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Wild horses get used to life on (semi-) open range

Wild horses get used to life on (semi-) open range

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.

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Yellowstone wildlife festival proves popular

Yellowstone wildlife festival proves popular

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.

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Wyoming rancher works to restore Bitter Creek

Wyoming rancher works to restore Bitter Creek

RECLUSE — For years, when the unrelenting wind swept over the high prairie, the cattle on Jason Oedekoven’s ranch huddled together along Bitter Creek.

May 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Drought costs Fremont County its No. 1 hay spot

Drought costs Fremont County its No. 1 hay spot

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.

April 20, 2013 5:31 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: What do you think of Eastern MT public lands plan?

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…

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BLM advises grazing reduction in Montana due to drought

BLM advises grazing reduction in Montana due to drought

BUTTE — The Bureau of Land Management is asking ranchers in southwestern Montana to reduce grazing on public lands due to drought.

April 05, 2013 3:15 pmLoading…
Ranchers, BLM, settle suit over Wyoming wild horses

Ranchers, BLM, settle suit over Wyoming wild horses

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.

April 04, 2013 2:56 pmLoading…
Bill targets wild horses being moved to Montana

Bill targets wild horses being moved to Montana

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.

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BLM offers options on oil shale royalty rates

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.

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UW offers new degree to train professional landmen

LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming is offering a new undergraduate program in professional land management.

December 25, 2012 4:10 pmLoading…

Montana agencies propose 4,500-acre land acquisition

GREAT FALLS - State agencies are proposing to buy a combined 4,500 acres of ranchland near the U.S.-Canada border.

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BLM oil, gas lease auction generates nearly $6.5M for Wyoming

CHEYENNE — A quarterly federal auction of oil and gas leases in Wyoming has generated nearly $6.5 million.

August 07, 2012 9:13 pmLoading…
Trapping Pryor Mountain wild horses no quick task

Trapping Pryor Mountain wild horses no quick task

For the most part, it’s been no problem for Bureau of Land Management officials to trap wild horses in the Pryor Mountains this summer.

August 02, 2012 12:05 am Photos

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