Category Archives: Environmental Issues

Reminder: Rally for public lands, Jan. 30!

The transfer of public lands continues to show its head in the Montana legislature although 85% of Montanans support keeping public lands in public hands.  The abundance of public land in the North Fork is what makes it a special … Continue reading

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Montana looks to spend $10 million fighting invasive mussels

Montana needs to spend some real money fighting invasive mussels . . . The Montana Mussel Response team set out a proposed budget to state lawmakers Monday for invasive mussel control in Montana, with a price tag of about $10.2 … Continue reading

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House rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters, others

An excellent article from the Washington Post. Thanks to Walter Roberts for spotting this one . . . A change in U.S. House rules making it easier to transfer millions of acres of federal public lands to states is worrying … Continue reading

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Wolverine caught on camera in West-central Idaho

They’re still turning up Wolverines in odd places . . . A wolverine has been recorded on an Idaho Fish and Game camera near McCall in west-central Idaho as part of a four-state study to determine where the elusive mammals … Continue reading

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Feds consider putting fisher on endangered list

USFWS is reviewing the status of the fisher to determine whether it should be added to the Endangered Species List . . . The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday the initiation of a status review for the distinct … Continue reading

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Decision on Yellowstone region grizzly delisting delayed

Removal of Yellowstone area grizzlies from the Endangered Species List is by no means a done deal . . . Federal officials are delaying their decision on whether to lift protections for more than 700 grizzly bears in and around … Continue reading

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Interior Department cancels remaining oil and gas leases in Badger-Two Medicine

Here’s a bit more information on last Tuesday’s announcement of the cancellation of the last two oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine region . . . The U.S. Department of the Interior announced the Bureau of Land Management … Continue reading

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House vote poses threat to public lands

Here’s a pointed discussion of Rep. Zinke’s vote in favor of a House rules change that would ease the transfer of public lands out of federal control . . . Keeping federal public lands public is a big issue in … Continue reading

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US cancels last two oil and gas leases in Badger-Two Medicine area

With 12 days left in the Obama administration, the Interior Department cancelled the remaining two oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine region . . . The U.S. Department of the Interior announced the Bureau of Land Management has … Continue reading

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Invasive mussels pose big threat to Montana’s waters

Late last Fall, waters in the Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs tested positive for invasive mussel larvae. Montana officials reacted quickly, closing boating access at both locations and initiating the removal of underwater structures for inspection. Later, the Milk River … Continue reading

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