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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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Wyoming ranchers see meddling in grazing permits

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming ranchers say an Idaho-based environmental group has too much influence over how local grazing allotments are managed on public lands, but a representative of the group says it’s only making sure that laws and regulations are being followed.

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Livestock producers barely survive 2012 drought, see rough road ahead

Livestock producers barely survive 2012 drought, see rough road ahead

It takes about 25 years to build a uniform, quality cow herd with all the right genetics. In one summer, Thermopolis rancher Jim Wilson watched as 20 percent of his herd left his land.

December 30, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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State, federal agencies hold open house Saturday

A series of open houses will be held along the Hi-Line this fall with representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation in attendance.

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DES organizes help with grazing and hay resources for people affected by fires

DES organizes help with grazing and hay resources for people affected by fires

After thousands of acres of pasture and hay were lost to Montana's largest wildfire, officials are working to make sure landowners in the area have enough resources for their livestock.

July 07, 2012 4:57 pm Photos

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OHV group eyeing Red Lakes area for open riding

OHV group eyeing Red Lakes area for open riding

CODY, Wyo. — On a ridge south of here, Dana Sanders points to a distant hill and notes the trails running vertically up what looks to be a steep and sandy cliff.

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Stewardship, balance emerge as common themes in public land talks

Stewardship, balance emerge as common themes in public land talks

CODY, Wyo. — For the first time anyone can remember, county commissioners, conservationists, energy officials and a number of user groups sat down Wednesday night at one table, in one room, to discuss public lands and the many opinions surrounding their use.

May 04, 2012 12:05 am Photos

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Sweeping landscapes

Sweeping landscapes

The sagebrush prairie meets Carter Mountain in northwest Wyoming. Public lands were the focus of a first-of-its-kind meeting of counties, conservationists, energy officials and user groups on Wednesday in Cody.

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Counties still looking for agreement with Shoshone Forest officials

CODY, Wyo. — Park County commissioners opted Tuesday to wait for other cooperating agencies involved in the Shoshone National Forest planning process before signing a new agreement with the agency.

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Golden eagle study looking at diet, reproduction in relation to land use

Golden eagle study looking at diet, reproduction in relation to land use

CODY, Wyo. — Golden eagle breeding numbers and nest success rates declined across the eastern edge of the Yellowstone ecosystem in 2011, a trend that researches believe may be linked to a drop in the rabbit population.

December 19, 2011 6:00 pm Photos

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Partisan differences doom wilderness, logging plan

UPDATE -- 11:47 A.M.: HELENA -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's plan for more logging and wilderness areas in Montana again appears doomed by partisan differences accentuated by his heated 2012 Senate race with U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg.

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UW study finds songbird declines in high-density well sites

CODY, Wyo. -- Drilling wells at high densities may contribute to a decline in bird species that depend upon sagebrush habitat, a new study from the University of Wyoming has found.

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BLM plans prescribed burns in Wyoming

CHEYENNE — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to conduct four prescribed burns this fall.

September 09, 2011 10:05 pmLoading…

BLM extends comment period for Bighorn Basin plan

CODY, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management said this week that it plans to extend by 45 days the public comment period for its Bighorn Basin land management plan.

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BLM: Some damaged roads may affect livestock permittees

The ripple effect from the flooding and saturated ground in central Montana is now affecting landowners and livestock grazing permittees whose access to Bureau of Land Management grazing allotments or their private property depends upon using BLM roads.

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BLM releases final proposal for NE Wyo. drilling

CASPER — The Bureau of Land Management's proposed plan for expanding coal-bed methane drilling in an environmentally sensitive part of northeast Wyoming calls for staged development.

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Taxes, budget, stream access, medical marijuana on Legislature's agenda this week

HELENA — The Legislature cranks up to full speed in the second week of its second half, with hearings and action on the state budget, key tax bills, stream access, medical marijuana, health reforms and more.

March 05, 2011 5:30 pmLoading…

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