Grand Teton National Park is an extraordinary place. Its mountains are breathtaking, its lakes and rivers pristine. Wildlife is abundant and the majesty of nature reigns supreme. It is one of the crown jewels of the national park system.
The public lands of the United States belong to every citizen, a fact that has never deterred efforts to convert the public domain to private profit.
Several Western states are pursuing the “transfer” of federal lands to state ownership. Groups and politicians are now pushing back and engaging on this issue, partly driven by their fear that the real aim of these initiatives is not state ownership but rather the privatization of public lan…
The political climate in this country has become so polarized that average people are being forced to choose sides within their own political parties. We have politicians who are no longer looking for solutions but instead looking for a fight.
What if I told you there was a plan to take away your freedom to access Montana’s most cherished outdoor spaces and give you a big tax hike on top of it. Sounds like a pretty bad deal. Yet, that’s exactly what Congress and others are up to. Think I’m kidding?
Elected officials take an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the state of Montana. Unfortunately, that oath is being cast aside when it comes to upholding the Montana Constitution and our public lands.
The 27 million acres of public lands in Montana lend lifestyle and amenity advantages to communities and small businesses, driving entrepreneurs and outdoorsmen alike. Around 64,000 jobs and countless small, community-oriented businesses thrive thanks to our federally managed public lands, c…
A coalition of environmentalists and landowners is calling on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to rewrite its proposed management plan for federal lands around Buffalo, arguing that the current draft would roll back protections aimed at preventing oil and gas development on areas unsuitabl…
The Gazette asked: Should federal public lands in Montana remain in U.S. ownership, be sold to private owners or transferred to the state?
John Brenden (April 17 guest opinion) pretended to be a “friend” of public recreationists while promoting a Bureau of Land Management land exchange with his political supporters, the Wilks brothers.
Montana outdoor enthusiasts have it pretty good. With over 32 million acres of state and federal land open to all sorts of recreational opportunities, we truly are an outdoors mecca.
MISSOULA — More than three out of four Montanans oppose selling public land to reduce the federal budget deficit, according to a new survey of Rocky Mountain region voters.
MISSOULA — The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking comment on a proposed rule that would offer tax incentives to private landowners who provide public access to state lands.
My lifelong interest in the sport of falconry makes me passionate about Eastern Montana’s wide-open spaces, and, especially, wilder expanses of native prairie. Falconry is an ancient and demanding pursuit, but often the most challenging part is finding a suitable landscape with good, native …
GREAT FALLS — The Bureau of Land Management must consider a wider range of grazing alternatives, including some that provide more protections for public land, when it reviews permits in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.
BUTTE — The Bureau of Land Management is asking ranchers in southwestern Montana to reduce grazing on public lands due to drought.
Montana’s economy looks poised to ride some strong waves in the coming year, as local and regional employers forecast future growth.
GREAT FALLS - State agencies are proposing to buy a combined 4,500 acres of ranchland near the U.S.-Canada border.
SALT LAKE CITY — The federal agency charged with managing wild horses and burros that roam freely across 11 Western states should consider sterilizing some mares to control booming mustang populations and protect rangelands, a citizen advisory panel recommended Tuesday.
GREAT FALLS — A ranch owner in Teton County in Western Montana has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare a road through the private ranch to public lands off-limits to the public.