The federal lawsuit involves the most recent plan for dam operations issued by the Trump administration in late 2020.
Grazing was suspended in 2013 following previous lawsuits by environmental groups contending the areas contain key wildlife habitat that is a corridor for grizzly bears between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park.
The wind blows, the sagebrush shakes, and a flock of studied domestic sheep bleats along the trail, munching native plants — a peaceful, pastoral scene.
The U.S. Forest Service issued a draft approval of an oil and gas exploration project in the Tendoy Mountains in southwest Montana near Lima in May, stamping the project’s Environmental Assessment with a Finding of No Significant Impact.
For 100 years, rancher Nick Hillman’s family has run cattle in the Centennial Mountains as miners came, looked and left. Now, a Canadian company is touting the nearby mountains along the Montana border as a world-class gold prospect.
The social costs of climate change and loss of wildlife potentially caused by the development far outweigh any of the promised economic benefits, the conservation groups argue.
In what seems to be a never-ending debate, regulating angler use on one of the busiest rivers in Montana has prompted two new proposals.
The Senate voted 73-25 to pass the bill that fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million annually and removes it from the annual appropriation process.
A federal judge voided the results of two oil and gas lease sales in Wyoming involving thousands of acres of public land in greater sage grouse habitat.
LJ and Karen Turner’s family have lived on a ranch southwest of Wright in the Powder River Basin for over a century. But in recent years, the bucolic landscape and clear skies have been punctuated with volcanic-like flames as energy companies flare, or burn off, excess natural gas.
SPOKANE — A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to prevent the state of Washington from killing more wolves from a pack that is preying on cattle.
Two Montana programs aimed at securing public access to landlocked state and federal acreage have garnered little interest.
In September, companies spent a jaw-dropping $1 billion at a lease sale in New Mexico for potential oil and gas development along the state’s eastern border, where the Permian spills over from West Texas.
The U.S. Forest Service has increasingly put roads into inventoried roadless areas in Montana and Idaho, according to conservation groups who argue the practice threatens wildlife and rare habitat.
Two hunting conservation groups filed suit Tuesday challenging a logging and prescribed burning Forest Service project west of Helena.
BILLINGS — U.S. government attorneys have asked a federal judge in Montana to dismiss allegations that a Trump administration panel reviewing royalties paid by fossil fuel companies is stacked with industry supporters.
Two weeks into a partial shutdown of the federal government, the impact on Wyoming’s oil and gas industry remains uncertain as the agency tasked with overseeing the industry is no longer answering the phone.
There was a time when businesses in Riggins, Idaho, proudly displayed small signs in their storefront windows proclaiming “Salmon Mean Business.”
A Montana conservation group is petitioning the state to reconsider its management of bighorn sheep, saying the current strategy isolates small populations and places the overall sustainability of the state’s sheep in jeopardy.
DENVER — Restoring bison to tribal lands has a value beyond the obvious ecological benefits to other species and the landscape that has been documented by scientists: “It’s to help us heal,” said Jason Baldes, an Eastern Shoshone tribal member from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.
With fewer than 50 days until funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires, Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines told a group in Helena on Monday he wants to see the funding made permanent so the cycle of uncertainty around the program ends.
After more than a decade demonstrating how river restoration and agriculture can coexist, the Clark Fork Coalition wants to let go of its ranch near Deer Lodge.