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Natural Resource Management

Gov. Bullock touts forest management effort

BONNER — Looking over the bluff at Milltown State Park, Gov. Steve Bullock said a new state forestry management effort should improve more than just timberlands.

July 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
An alpine hike minutes from downtown Bozeman

An alpine hike minutes from downtown Bozeman

BOZEMAN — When people ask why I love living in Bozeman, the first thing that comes to mind is the community. A close second is access to the outdoors. And I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

July 19, 2014 1:00 pm Photos


4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

NEW CASTLE, Colo. — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review …

June 14, 2014 11:01 pm Photos


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Guest opinion: As fire season approaches, let’s create ‘charter forests’

With the number and severity of wildfires increasing dramatically, it’s time to rethink management policies for our national forest system.

April 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Agreement with landowners restores public access to area in Gallatin National Forest

BOZEMAN— The U.S. Forest Service has announced it reached a settlement with landowners along Cherry Creek Road that will allow public access to 16,000 acres of public land in the Gallatin National Forest.

July 06, 2013 3:54 pmLoading…
Feds keep Preble's mouse on threatened list

Feds keep Preble's mouse on threatened list

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it would continue to protect as a threatened species a mouse that lives along streams in Colorado and eastern Wyoming, saying human development continues to threaten the animal’s riparian habitat.

May 23, 2013 5:04 pmLoading…

Collared grizzly bear shot near Swan River

KALISPELL — State wildlife officials are looking for information about the shooting of a collared grizzly bear near U.S. Highway 83 east of Bigfork that led to the bear being put down.

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More than 50K snow geese flocking to Freezout

HELENA — Montana wildlife officials say tens of thousands of snow geese have arrived at Freezout Wildlife Management Area they migrate north to their breeding grounds.

March 20, 2013 5:56 amLoading…
63 Yellowstone Park bison to go to research facility

63 Yellowstone Park bison to go to research facility

HELENA — Government officials are planning to transfer 63 Yellowstone National Park bison to a nearby research facility as the park seeks ways to reduce its growing population of the animals.

March 06, 2013 12:15 pmLoading…

Judge denies Northern Arapaho eagle request

CHEYENNE — A federal judge has denied a request from the Northern Arapaho Tribe to reconsider his recent ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted properly in barring the tribe from killing bald eagles for religious purposes on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

December 19, 2012 4:17 pmLoading…

Judge rebuffs Northern Arapaho in eagle case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted properly in prohibiting the Northern Arapaho Tribe from killing bald eagles for religious purposes on its central Wyoming reservation.

November 06, 2012 5:42 pmLoading…

Forest Service again nixes plan for ski resort on Lolo Peak

MISSOULA — The U.S. Forest Service has again rejected a proposed ski resort on Lolo Peak in the Lolo National Forest.

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Conservation easement protects Wyoming land

THERMOPOLIS — The Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust has announced a new conservation easement near Thermopolis in Hot Springs County.

April 28, 2012 9:50 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Free Western lands from federal regulations

Like much else in government, U.S. public land policy is a vestige of the past, established in 1910 when America’s population was just 92.2 million and a Western state such as Nevada had only 81,000 residents.

March 11, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Roll call report

WASHINGTON — Here's how members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Feb 17.

February 18, 2012 12:15 pmLoading…

Montana's wildlife policies raise ethical question over hunting

HELENA — Montana is looking to recreational hunters for help in enforcing more of its wildlife management policies, but one regulator worries that they are being asked to cross an ethical line in doing so.

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Eastern Montana, several states hit hard by deer-killing disease

White-tailed deer populations in parts of Eastern Montana and elsewhere in the Northern Plains could take years to recover from a devastating disease that killed thousands of the animals in recent months, wildlife officials and hunting outfitters said.

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Medical marijuana again tops year's stories

Medical marijuana again tops year's stories

HELENA — The collapse of the state's once-booming medical marijuana industry after lawmakers passed tough restrictions and federal agents raided dozens of pot providers was Montana's top news story of 2011, according to The Associated Press' annual member poll.

January 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos


U.S. gray wolves rebound but still face uncertain future

U.S. gray wolves rebound but still face uncertain future

ATLANTA, Mich. — After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving the gray wolf, the federal government wants to get out of the wolf-protection business, leaving it to individual states - and the wolves themselves - to determine the future of the legendary predator.

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Guest opinion: Timber legislation falls short of what rural America needs

During my long career with the U.S. Forest Service, people frequently expressed their concerns about the management of public lands to me when I’d run into them at the grocery store or on a hiking trail. One of the main issues they brought up had to do with the relationship between timber ha…

December 21, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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