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