Environment

Air tour management plan for Glacier National Park completed Friday

BY: - September 24, 2022

An air tour management plan for Glacier National Park was completed Friday, setting guidelines meant to preserve the park’s resources. The plan was established by the National Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration and is part of the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000. It will allow air tour operators to provide up […]

Manchin’s energy permitting plan roils U.S. Senate and House Democrats

BY: and - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON – The energy permitting proposal centrist Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III made a condition of his support for a major Senate Democratic measure would impose timelines on federal agencies responsible for approving energy projects, according to text of the measure released late Wednesday. Congressional Democrats are deeply divided over the Manchin permitting bill, with […]

Fort Belknap tribe, conservation groups file to intervene in Zortman-Landusky dispute

BY: - September 19, 2022

The Fort Belknap Indian Community, along with four conservation groups, have filed a motion to intervene in a dispute between the owner of a defunct gold mine and the Department of Environmental Quality. Luke Ployhar owns the site of the former Zortman-Landusky gold mine, which also sits next to the Fort Belknap Indian Community. He […]

FWP: Two Montana men plead guilty to bull elk poaching

BY: - September 19, 2022

BILLINGS – A Missoula man and a Ballantine man were recently sentenced on separate felony cases for illegally killing trophy elk, according to a news release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The news release from FWP said the following: Alex St. Marie, 37, from Missoula, was sentenced in Fergus County District Court after pleading […]

Learning from NM mistakes, Forest Service to better heed drought factor before burns

BY: - September 19, 2022

The United States Forest Service announced big changes to the way it will authorize prescribed burns in light of mistakes the agency made in igniting what became the biggest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history. The agency released a 107-page review of its prescribed burn practices last week. It came after a 90-day pause on […]

Groups want DEQ to halt Bull Mountain’s mine permit

BY: - September 18, 2022

Environmental groups from Montana have petitioned the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to revoke operating permits for a coal company with ties to Russia and an embattled energy company, as well as criminal activity by recently departed executives. Last month, Northern Plains Resource Council, Earthjustice, the Montana Environmental Information Center, Western Environmental Law Center and […]

Your beer has terroir, just like wine

BY: - September 17, 2022

ST. PAUL, Oregon — The first hint of harvest time in one of the nation’s major hop-growing regions is obvious: All along the backroads of Oregon’s Willamette Valley trucks overflow with ropes of bouncy, freshly cut hops dropping their distinctive bright green cones on blacktop warmed by the early September sun. Then there’s the fragrance. […]

Nuclear waste site could be open ‘forever’ despite 2024 closure date, advocate warns

BY: - September 15, 2022

Shipments of nuclear waste to the nation’s only deep geological repository for the hazardous material show no signs of slowing in the coming years, despite the current permit calling for the plant to begin closing in 2024. The future of shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant east of Carlsbad was the subject of debate […]

Topsoil protection should be stressed in the next farm bill, U.S. House Ag panel told

BY: - September 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Farmers and academics at a Wednesday hearing stressed the need for members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee to support regenerative agriculture farming practices in the upcoming farm bill in order to protect topsoil. U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chair David Scott said he held the hearing to discuss ways policymakers and the Department […]

Grizzly bear confirmed to have killed livestock euthanized near Choteau

BY: - September 14, 2022

A collared grizzly bear confirmed to have killed livestock was euthanized near Choteau on Friday, according to a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The bear was first collared last year after it was suspected of killing a calf and later was documented to have visited two other livestock conflict sites (one calf […]

The melting roads of Yellowstone National Parks

BY: - September 13, 2022

No doubt you’ve heard the story—roads have melted in Yellowstone National Park, which is supposedly evidence that the region is “heating up” and that a volcanic eruption is imminent. This story gained a lot of traction in 2014—that was the year of a magnitude-4.8 earthquake (the largest to have occurred in Yellowstone National Park since […]

Groups file suit to stop more grazing, save grizzlies north of Yellowstone National Park

BY: - September 12, 2022

Nine different conservation organizations have filed a lawsuit against the United States Forest Service for increasing grazing allotments just north of Yellowstone National Park that they say will likely lead to more human-grizzly bear conflicts and stunt recovery of the threatened species. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Missoula, the groups said the […]