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Guest opinion: Wilderness role grows in today's economy

Guest opinion: Wilderness role grows in today's economy

At the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, it is encouraging that lands set aside for conservation can also have tremendous economic value. Wild places are key to attracting entrepreneurs, as well as a tidal wave of retiring baby boomers. And, more obviously, wild places create jobs in o…

October 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montanans oppose giving away federal lands

State Sen. Jennifer Fielder has suggested that a Utah county commissioner, Nevada state legislators and a Canadian negotiator know what’s best for us here in Montana. I’d like to think Montanans know what’s best for Montana. While transferring federal lands into state hands may be of interes…

October 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: States would do better job of managing federal lands

Guest opinion: States would do better job of managing federal lands

In response to confusion caused by certain environmentalists that claim our public lands would be “sold to the highest bidder” if federal lands are transferred to the states, leaders of the Transfer of Public Lands effort from all Western states recently gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah, to …

October 23, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Zinke wants federal land decisions OK'd by local government

Zinke wants federal land decisions OK'd by local government

HELENA — Republican House candidate Ryan Zinke said Wednesday he will work to restore access to public roads and require local government officials to sign off on federal land management decisions before they’re implemented.

October 15, 2014 1:35 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Bipartisan land-exchange bill awaits action in Congress

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.

September 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Americans’ inheritance cannot be given away

Gazette opinion: Americans’ inheritance cannot be given away

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.

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Guest opinion: Proposed 'transfer' of public lands is prelude to privatization

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…

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Guest opinion: Montana voters beware GOP's public land resolution

Guest opinion: Montana voters beware GOP's public land resolution

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.

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Guest opinion: Stop Congress from privatizing our public lands

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?

July 31, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: GOP aims to sell our public lands to highest bidder

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.

July 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana business benefits from federal 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…

July 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Environmentalists call for 'do-over' on management plan

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…

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U.S. Senate candidates differ on public lands philosophy

U.S. Senate candidates differ on public lands philosophy

The Gazette asked: Should federal public lands in Montana remain in U.S. ownership, be sold to private owners or transferred to the state?

May 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Stand up for Montanans' access to public lands

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.

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Guest opinion: Proposed BLM land exchange a good deal for all recreationalists

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.

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Survey: 3 of 4 in Montana oppose selling public lands to pay down federal deficit

Survey: 3 of 4 in Montana oppose selling public lands to pay down federal deficit

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.

February 14, 2014 9:28 amLoading…

Comment open on tax breaks to allow access to state lands via private property

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.

November 29, 2013 10:14 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Stop overlooking prairie's natural value

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 …

November 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Appeals court: BLM must consider more grazing plans

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.

June 20, 2013 12:00 pmLoading…
BLM advises grazing reduction in Montana due to drought

BLM advises grazing reduction in Montana due to drought

BUTTE — The Bureau of Land Management is asking ranchers in southwestern Montana to reduce grazing on public lands due to drought.

April 05, 2013 3:15 pmLoading…

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