Montana Department Of Natural Resources And Conservation
Meetings have been scheduled next week to inform the public and take comments about the Yellowstone Basin Advisory Council's draft report of recommendations for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
Comments are being sought on a draft environmental assessment for the purchase of permanent easements at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park in Jefferson County and Thompson Falls State Park in Sanders County.
BOZEMAN — The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has given a $50,000 grant to a nonprofit group working to clean up mine sites by extracting precious metals from waste rock.
GREAT FALLS — Montana’s recent record-breaking cold snap probably didn’t cause widespread mortality in the state’s tree-eating mountain pine beetle population, but it may have killed beetles in localized areas, according to forest health experts.
The city of Billings is considering leasing a 71-acre parcel of land along the Yellowstone River from the state of Montana.
MISSOULA — As winter’s snowflakes start falling on the scorched hillsides above Lolo Creek, researchers around the nation are pondering how they might prevent the kind of disaster that burned five homes there last August.
Work could begin next fall to replace the weir on Cooney Dam north of Red Lodge and to install instruments to allow remote monitoring of the lake level and flows out of the reservoir.
A wetter than normal May gave rise to hopes that the 2013 fire season will be shorter and quieter than 2012.
HELENA — Environmental groups on Monday urged the state to hold hearings on the proposed Otter Creek mine in cities where the coal would pass through and residents would be affected by increased train traffic.
A public meeting in Lame Deer on Jan. 17 to gather comments on the proposed Otter Creek Mine has been moved to a new site.
New Year's Eve marked the 10th day in a row of below normal temperatures for Billings — an end-of-the-year freeze that bucked a trend that made 2012 its warmest, driest year in 78 years of recordkeeping.
Citing lingering drought, high fire danger and continued occurrences of human-caused fires across Montana, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has extended the legal wildfire season into October.
Jeff Gates, coordinator of Musselshell County Disaster and Emergency Services, said Sunday morning that state and local firefighters from around the region are working to contain the Wilson fire.
About 50 homes received mandatory evacuation orders Saturday afternoon after a wildfire sparked near Johnney’s Coal Road about eight miles southeast of Roundup.
Update, 11:15 a.m.: Containment of the Allen fire was estimated at 20 percent Tuesday morning, and firefighters report that lines held through the night.
Local, state and federal crews spent Sunday fighting a fire that sparked north of Pompeys Pillar.
3:10 p.m.: Cooler weather and lighter winds helped fire crews keep the Rosebud and Delphia fires from gaining any ground Thursday.
7 A.M.: American Red Cross of Montana has opened a shelter for Pine Creek fire evacuees at the Livingston Civic Center, 229 River Drive, in Livingston. A shelter in Whitehall for evacuees from the 19-Mile fire has been set up at St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 107 E. 2nd St.
With a Type 1 incident management team scheduled to take over command of the 800-to-1,000-acre Rosebud fire burning in the East Rosebud area later Wednesday, crews are bracing for an expected cold front that will bring quick wind shifts and gusts of up to 35 mph.
7:30 A.M.: With a Type 1 incident management team scheduled to take over command of the 800-to-1,000-acre Rosebud fire burning in the East Rosebud area later Wednesday, crews are bracing for an expected cold front that will bring quick wind shifts and gusts of up to 35 mph.
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