Environment

American Prairie transfers bison to tribal nations

BY: - December 7, 2022

American Prairie is pleased to announce it has relocated 45 bison from its conservation herd in north central Montana to Native Nations in Montana and Washington State. As part of the nonprofit’s ongoing work to return bison to their native lands, it has now distributed more than 500 bison to tribal and conservation herds around […]

November, part of December give Montana a chilly reception

BY: - December 6, 2022

It may not have been the coldest November on record, it just felt like that. Even though the extended cold spell did not set many daily records, cumulatively, it was notable because the cold just lingered. And lingered. Just because it wasn’t like the November of 1985  is literally cold comfort to most Montanans. November […]

South Dakota, Wyoming governors call for re-do of Black Hills forest data

BY: - December 5, 2022

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has joined her counterpart in Wyoming to ask the U.S. Forest Service to redo forest condition reports that the governors call inadequate, as part of a long-running feud over current and future logging levels in the Black Hills. Noem and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon made the request in a letter […]

Billings becomes first city in Montana to earn LEED Gold certification

BY: - December 1, 2022

Billings isn’t just the only city in Montana to achieve LEED Gold certification – a recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council about how the state’s largest city puts sustainable practices in place. Billings is the only city that has turned the award into a celebratory cake. On Thursday, leaders from around the city and […]

Judge rules that Montana’s wolf hunt will continue

BY: - November 29, 2022

A Lewis and Clark County judge has ruled that the State of Montana’s plan to “harvest” as many as 456 wolves can proceed because two organizations which challenged the state’s wolf hunting rules were unable to prove that Montana’s wolf population would be permanently harmed by the increased hunting, which includes the use of snares. […]

Advocates sue federal agency for failing to adopt national gray wolf plan

BY: - November 29, 2022

As the fate of Montana’s wolf hunting season was being decided in Lewis and Clark County, a national environmental group was filing a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., that claims the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has shirked its duty and ignored federal law by failing to devise an adequate national recovery plan for the […]

Helena judge to decide on wolf hunting case Tuesday

BY: - November 28, 2022

A Helena judge said he will issue a decision Tuesday after hearing arguments over Montana’s wolf hunting regulations on Monday. Defendant Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and plaintiffs WildEarth Guardians and Project Coyote, both environmental nonprofits, argued over a motion for a preliminary injunction in front of District Court Judge Christopher Abbott in what an […]

Judge orders DEQ to reconsider Big Sky expansion and wastewater permits near the Gallatin River

BY: - November 25, 2022

A Gallatin County judge has ordered the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to go back and review a wastewater permit in one of the toniest areas of the state, which environmental advocates say could potentially pollute one of the state’s most famous – and imperiled – rivers. Gallatin County District Court Judge Peter Ohman determined […]

Little appetite for Manchin permitting bill in congressional lame-duck session

BY: - November 25, 2022

Among the items on Congress’ lengthy to-do list by the end of the year is U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal to speed up the federal government’s permitting process that certifies energy projects do not harm the environment. But the bill, which was a condition of the centrist West Virginia Democrat’s support for his party’s larger […]

Forest Service: Holland Lake Lodge expansion plan rejected for now, but new plan possible

BY: - November 23, 2022

The U.S. Forest Service has rejected an expansion proposal from Holland Lake Lodge due in part to inaccurate and inconsistent information in the plan, according to the Flathead National Forest. However, the Flathead National Forest will consider any updated proposal. On Nov. 21, Flathead National Forest Supervisor Kurt Steele issued a letter to the lodge […]

POWDR already in charge of Holland Lake Lodge, memo alleges

BY: - November 17, 2022

POWDR, a Utah company identified as future owner of Holland Lake Lodge, is already in control of the Swan Valley resort, allege a couple of lawyers who are opponents of a lodge expansion proposal in a memo and review of public records. But the memo also alleges a U.S. Forest Service permit in use by […]

Judge halts part of Montana wolf hunting

BY: - November 16, 2022

A Helena judge has temporarily halted part of Montana’s wolf hunting rules after two groups filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s expanded wolf hunting program, established by the 2021 Legislature. Tuesday, Lewis and Clark District Court Judge Christopher Abbott issued a temporary restraining order effective immediately that would stop snaring, cutting back the wolf hunting […]