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Environmental groups challenge logging project bordering Yellowstone National Park

Three environmental groups signaled Wednesday their intention to stop a 16,000-acre logging and prescribed-fire project located in a national forest west of Yellowstone National Park. In their notice of intent to sue the Custer Gallatin National... Full story


EPA scales back federal wetland protections to comply with Supreme Court order

Federal rules codifying which waterways are afforded Clean Water Act protections under the “Waters of the United States,” or WOTUS, rule have been changed once more, continuing a back-and-forth regulatory saga shaped by presidential...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    August 16, 2023

Montana attorney general urges the EPA to scrap CO2 rule aimed at the energy sector

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen this week joined 20 other attorneys general urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to scrap a proposed rule that seeks to dramatically decrease carbon dioxide emissions in the energy sector. In a...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    July 5, 2023

Declining trout population in southwest Montana prompts research and advocacy push

Marked declines in trout populations across several of Montana’s iconic fisheries have led a group of anglers, fishing guides and community members to launch a “Save Wild Trout” initiative in hopes of better understanding the cause of those...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    June 7, 2023

Gianforte announces leadership change at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Friday that Henry “Hank” Worsech is retiring as director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the agency charged with managing Montana’s wildlife and 55 state parks. Dustin Temple, who’s been serving as the... Full story


Bill sponsor pushes for veto override after Gianforte rejects popular marijuana tax bill

The sponsor of a popular initiative seeking to divvy up more than $50 million of marijuana tax revenue is requesting that lawmakers be given an opportunity to override a veto Gov. Greg Gianforte issued in the final hours of the 2023 legislative...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    April 5, 2023

$1 million wildlife crossings fund passes MT legislative committee

A bill seeking to make Montana roadways safer for motorists and wildlife by creating a $1 million pilot program for wildlife crossing structures passed out of committee last week. The House Fish,... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    March 29, 2023

PSC greenlights NorthWestern Energy's restructuring plan

Montana's largest utility company has garnered approval from the state's utility board to restructure its multi-state operation. Last June, NorthWestern Energy asked regulators to separate its...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    March 8, 2023

Committee votes on four wolf bills

The House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee voted on four wolf-related measures last week ahead of a key legislative deadline. The committee narrowly approved two bills that would codify wolf trappin... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    February 8, 2023

Feds to explore delisting of Greater Yellowstone and NCDE grizzlies

nnounced Friday that it is exploring whether grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Continental Divide ecosystems are sufficiently recovered to no longer be considered as an endangered... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    January 4, 2023

Fish and Wildlife Commission calls for a 'legislative solution' to Madison River crowding

An 11-year-old effort to manage crowding on one of Montana's most popular fisheries stalled out without resolution in late December when the Fish and Wildlife Commission decided not to advance... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    December 7, 2022

Judge rules against suspending Montana wolf hunts while lawsuit proceeds

A Helena judge reinstated the 2022-2023 wolf hunting and trapping regulations passed by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission Tuesday in a ruling that rejected environmental groups' request for an... Full story


Montana wolf regulations challenged in state court

Environmental groups WildEarth Guardians and Project Coyote are asking a Lewis and Clark County District Court judge to toss out Montana's current wolf-hunting regulations and declare four hunting... Full story


Revised Montana wolf regs aim to limit Yellowstone-area kills

The Montana Fish and Wildlife commission recently to reinstate a cap on the number of Yellowstone-area wolves that hunters and trappers can kill, abandoning an approach that allowed hunters and... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    July 20, 2022

NorthWestern plans August repair of Hebgen Dam

At an event last week, NorthWestern Energy outlined its plan to prevent future Hebgen Dam malfunctions like the one that dewatered the Madison River late last year, cutting flow to one of the state's flagship trout streams in half in a matter of minu...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    June 22, 2022

'Exceptional set of circumstances' converge to shatter streamflow records across southern Montana

Low temperatures and persistent precipitation combined with an unusually high June snowpack to set the stage for historic flooding in southwest and south-central Montana last week. At least five rivers in Park, Carbon and Stillwater counties set... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    May 18, 2022

EPA nixes Montana's new water quality standards

The Environmental Protection Agency thwarted Montana lawmakers’ attempt to loosen water quality standards last week, telling the state that it acted out of turn by adopting a new regulatory framework without first obtaining federal approval. In a...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    May 11, 2022

Gov. Gianforte presses to extinguish all fires in 2022 Montana wildfire briefing

Gov. Greg Gianforte asked land managers for their commitment to aggressive initial attack to extinguish all wildfires at a 2022 wildfire briefing in Helena last week. "In Montana, we do not, and will not, have a 'let it burn' policy," Gov. Greg... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    May 11, 2022

Poll finds three-quarters of Montanans worried about housing affordability

Housing affordability, development and Montana's changing character topped the list of issues Montanans identified as serious problems facing the state in a poll commissioned by University of Montana researchers last month. A striking majority of... Full story


The Custer Gallatin National Forest's new guiding doc

BOZEMAN - After six years and tens of thousands of public comments, one of the largest and most popular national forests in the Northern Rockies has a new forest plan to guide its management for the... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    February 2, 2022

Heavy wolf harvest triggers new limits near Yellowstone

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission voted last week to close wolf trapping and hunting in southwestern Montana if or when six more wolves are harvested in the region. Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that 20 wolves that roamed... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    January 26, 2022

A road runs through it

Road ecologists say wildlife crossings are one of the best ways to reduce wildlife-vehicles collisions and mitigate one of the most significant human impacts on ecosystems. This three-part series... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    January 12, 2022

How does the wildlife cross the road?

Road ecologists say wildlife crossings are one of the best ways to reduce wildlife-vehicles collisions and mitigate one of the most significant human impacts on ecosystems. This three-part series... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    January 5, 2022

Federal judge: At least two Public Service Commission districts are 'presumptively unconstitutional'

A federal judge issued an order yesterday blocking the state's top election official from certifying candidates running for the Public Service Commission until the constitutionality of the commission's district map has been evaluated. Read the... Full story


'Firestorm' of public comment leads FWP to rethink elk management proposals

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has backpedaled on a controversial elk management strategy after a public response that FWP Director Henry “Hank” Worsech described as a “firestorm.” Even after the department backed away from the most... Full story


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