Environment

BLM withdraws more than 2,600 acres of public land from mining in Zortman-Landusky

BY: - September 12, 2022

The Bureau of Land Management announced that it will be removing federal land from mining that had previously been the site of decades of remediation and reclamation. On Monday, the BLM announced that it had withdrawn more than 2,600 acres of land in the Zortman-Landusky mining complex in Phillips County, and also that it was […]

DEQ: Air quality alerts continue as counties in western Montana reach unhealthy levels

BY: - September 12, 2022

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has issued air quality alerts for most western Montana counties where air quality has reached unhealthy levels, and improvements aren’t expected until Tuesday. In a news release Monday, the DEQ said many active wildfires in western Montana, Idaho, and eastern Oregon are putting out smoke that has blanketed much […]

Groups urge federal courts to relist wolves in Montana, Idaho to protect them

BY: - September 10, 2022

Several conservation groups argue that because Montana and Idaho are “hellbent” on eradicating wolves, a court should instate equally aggressive measures aimed at restoring federal protection for gray wolves. In both of the Rocky Mountain states, lawmakers have relaxed rules about wolf hunting. For example, Idaho now allows private contractors to kill wolves, permits year-round […]

Federal judge in Montana halts coal leases until more environmental study can be done

BY: - September 9, 2022

Earlier this month, a federal judge in Montana halted coal leasing on federal public lands until the Bureau of Land Management does a more detailed environmental analysis. Montana Federal District Court Judge Brian M. Morris reinstated a moratorium that was overturned by Ryan Zinke, who was then President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Interior. Zinke […]

U.S. House members raise doubts about Manchin environmental permitting deal

BY: - September 8, 2022

More than 50 U.S. House members are objecting to a push to revise federal environmental permitting requirements for energy projects — part of a deal Democratic leaders struck with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III to win passage of their climate, health and taxes bill that passed last month. The House members signed onto a letter […]

Men charged with starting Gibson Flats fire switch plea to guilty

BY: - September 6, 2022

The three men charged with felony arson in relation to the Gibson Flats fire, which burned down more than a dozen homes and other structures, switched their pleas to guilty at a court appearance on Tuesday. The fire devastated the community south of Great Falls last December, with wind driven flames ripping through the dry […]

Charter’s last stand? Ranchers, Signal Peak may prove that coal and cows can’t coexist

BY: - September 4, 2022

ROUNDUP – When Signal Peak Energy began the process of kicking Steve Charter and his cows off his own land, they made two mistakes. First, they didn’t send the notice by certified mail – a ministerial technicality that may delay the inevitable process for another six months. Secondly, they didn’t really reckon with a wiry […]

Judge says hunting, conservation coalition can participate in elk management lawsuit

BY: - September 2, 2022

A district court judge has ruled that a group of Montana hunting and conservation groups can intervene in a lawsuit concerning game management in Montana, according to a news release Thursday from the Montana Citizens’ Elk Management Coalition. Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Heather Perry granted the groups’ motion to intervene on Wednesday afternoon, acknowledging […]

FWP: More than 84K AIS inspections, 46 found with mussels, 300 found with aquatic weeds

BY: - August 31, 2022

So far this year, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and its partners have inspected more than 84,000 watercraft, 46 of which were mussel-fouled and 300 were found with aquatic invasive weeds, according to a news release Wednesday from FWP. FWP, whose partners include the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Blackfeet Nation, also said more […]

What infrared monitoring can teach us about Yellowstone National Park

BY: - August 30, 2022

Thermal infrared satellite images are an important volcano monitoring tool that can be used to estimate surface temperature. And, in fact, these data are freely available for Yellowstone and many other volcanoes worldwide! But interpreting these images is not as straightforward as it might seem—what shows up as either hot or cold depends on a […]

Gianforte appeals BLM decision on American Prairie bison grazing

BY: - August 29, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte has appealed the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to allow American Prairie to graze bison on 63,500 acres of land in Phillips County, according to a filing submitted Thursday and included in a Monday press release. State land makes up some of the acreage which is managed by the federal government. The […]

FWP seeking public comment on proposed fishing regulation changes ahead of October meeting

BY: - August 29, 2022

Fisheries around Montana will be hosting open houses to discuss Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks proposed fishing regulations before their Oct. 20 meeting, according to a FWP press release. FWP has a total of 42 regulation proposals out for public comment through Sept. 22, which can be found on FWP’s website. Proposed regulations include a […]