Environment

DEQ to hold meeting about restarting some mining activity at Zortman Landusky

BY: - December 30, 2021

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality will take public comment on possibly restarting mining at the Zortman Landusky site next week. A small exploration project on private land near the former gold mining site has been outlined by property owner Luke Ployhar. It is not a permit that would restart large-scale mining operations, rather it […]

Controversial elk hunting regs revised, out for comment again

BY: - December 30, 2021

A revised set of proposed changes to elk hunting regulations is out for public comment, and the Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet on Feb. 4 to make a final decision on the 2022-2023 regs following a controversial start to the update. This time around, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks took a different strategy to […]

Lincoln County groups enter lawsuit centered on grizzly habitat near Libby

BY: - December 30, 2021

Two groups have entered a lawsuit between a conservation group and the U.S. Forest Service that centers on the imperiled grizzly population near Libby in the Cabinet-Yaak Mountain range of the Kootenai National Forest. The suit, filed earlier this year, challenges the Forest Service’s plan to log in the forest, saying that additional logging and […]

Conservation groups win Forest Service challenge to elk, grizzly habitat in Helena National Forest

BY: - December 29, 2021

In what two conservation groups are calling a victory for the average hunter wanting hunting access for elk, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council have won a lawsuit against the United States Forest Service to halt commercial logging and road building on public lands near Lincoln. Filed in U.S. District Court […]

Where the color runs out: Why some Yellowstone pools have a lot of color, while others don’t

BY: - December 27, 2021

Yellowstone hot springs are renowned for their amazing colors, many of which are created by photosynthetic processes. The colors vary depending on water temperature and chemistry. Hot springs are natural laboratories that allow us to explore how life is able to adapt and thrive in what humans consider to be extreme conditions. Heat tolerance, especially, […]

Snow followed by freezing temps expected in Montana over holiday weekend

BY: - December 23, 2021

With snow, wind and cold on the way, holiday travelers will need to be especially diligent navigating highways and passes while skiers may benefit from better riding conditions. Starting Thursday afternoon, a cold front that plans to stick around to the middle of next week will be making its way through Montana, according to NWS […]

When the sap starts to flow (in Montana)

BY: - December 19, 2021

On a mild spring day in 2015, David Knudson had an uncharacteristic amount of time on his hands. He had recently left his job as a cheese maker at Lifeline Creamery to stay home with his children.    Standing in his yard and looking up at the trees in front of his house, Knudson felt a […]

Not all ash falls from the sky

BY: - December 17, 2021

Volcanism in the Yellowstone region has generated a lot of ash over the last several million years.  Rivers, including the ancestral Missouri River, have played an important role in distributing this ash across the landscape of southwestern Montana. When we think of the Yellowstone hotspot, we commonly think of the volcanic scars left behind as the […]

Stone-Manning: Agency will move back to D.C., but leave two officials in Colorado

BY: - December 14, 2021

The Bureau of Land Management plans to keep two senior positions in western Colorado as most of the agency’s leaders move back to Washington, Director Tracy Stone-Manning told BLM staff in an email Tuesday. Eight assistant directors and deputy assistant directors will relocate to the Interior Department’s headquarters in the District of Columbia, Stone-Manning wrote. […]

Glacier National Park continues ticketed entry, with changes

BY: - December 13, 2021

You’ll need a ticket again to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road next summer, and you’ll need one for the Polebridge entrance to the North Fork as well, Glacier National Park announced Monday. “You can still go to Polebridge, go to the Mercantile and get a huckleberry bear claw,” said Gina Kerzman, public affairs officer for Glacier […]

History repeating itself? New claims may mean gold mining again at Zortman Landusky

BY: - December 12, 2021

After more than $30 million in environmental clean-up from toxic mining tailings and debris, Owen Voigt understands why folks are nervous about any future mining activity at Zortman and Landusky, two small sites near the Fort Belknap tribal reservation. Most people’s understanding of mining is something from a history book about Butte — dirty, smoke-clogged […]

Billions targeted to state wildlife conservation under bipartisan push in Congress

BY: - December 8, 2021

A bipartisan pair of senators on Wednesday called for Congress to approve billions in new funding for states to manage wildlife recovery work. At a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sens. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said a bill they introduced this year would help protect 1,600 threatened species, relieve […]