Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
Elk are thriving north of the Missouri River in Fish Wildlife and Parks’ Region 6 management area.
The cottonwood trees found along the Missouri Breaks are plains cottonwoods. The trees are found from northern Canada to Texas along streams and rivers.
The odds are against cottonwood seedlings that sprout along the Missouri River in the badlands of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
Cottonwood trees provide shelter, firewood and shade at campsites along the Missouri River, not to mention a lush view of emerald green in a dry landscape.
A large scar on a cottonwood tree is from river ice pushed up onto the banks during spring breakup. The large chunks of ice also kill many young trees.
Cottonwood seedlings have a one in a million chance of surviving their first year along the Missouri River in the monument.
Cottonwood trees along the 149-mile stretch of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument have a tough time getting established and growing, with multiple factors conspiring against them. Despite such challenges, the trees for now are holding their own.
The Bureau of Land Management is taking comments on a proposal to use prescribed fires across more than 3,300 acres of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Blaine County this spring.
Portions of Lower Two Calf and Woodhawk Crossing roads in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument have been closed following flooding and a landslide.
A landslide has made the Lower Two Calf Road in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument impassable.
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the government must closely examine roads, airstrips and other travel routes in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument to prevent potential damage to cultural and historical properties.
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.
The work year starts when the ice breaks up on the Missouri River and ends when winter returns.
Following a summer that has seen a shortage of water in Eastern Montana, three government agencies will meet this week to present and finalize their water agreements.
Lightning on Tuesday night is believed to have ignited a wildland fire northwest of Winifred in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument that grew to 1,700 acres by Wednesday.
HELENA — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has approved building a 5 ½ mile natural-gas pipeline in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
The Brink property is seen from the top of a bench looking down the Missouri River.
The 375,000-acre Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument will grow by 652 acres when a land purchase in Fergus County is finalized later this year.
Mention federal government and water in the same sentence in central Montana and residents are likely to sound the alarm.