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 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


Montana petitions U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist NCDE grizzlies

Gov. Greg Gianforte's office announced today that the state is petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Northern... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    December 8, 2021

Madison River flow returns after midnight dam repair

Near-seasonal flows to the Madison River, one of Montana's most popular fisheries, have been restored following a late-night repair last Thursday to Hebgen Dam's outflow gate. NorthWestern Energy post... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    December 1, 2021

Generosity, adaptation help Montana food banks meet holiday needs

Like many organizations in Montana, the state's largest food bank has struggled with labor shortages, making it difficult to get a precise count of people using its services, said Billings Food Bank CEO Sheryle Shandy. Anecdotally, though, she said...


Report: Outdoor recreation added $2.2 billion to Montana economy in 2020

While Montana's outdoor recreation economy wasn't spared the pandemic-spurred losses that swept the globe in 2020, it remained a cornerstone of the state's economy, according to a report released toda... Full story


Montana's worst drought in more than 20 years continues into fall

The drought that has dried out soils, drawn down rivers and reservoirs and challenged agricultural producers, land managers, recreationists and wildlife continues to persist as hydrologists anxiously track the progression of the La Niña weather... Full story


FAQ: Chronic wasting disease in Montana

Since chronic wasting disease, or CWD, was detected in Montana's wildlife in 2017, the affliction has become increasingly widespread. Though the CWD positivity rate among all deer, elk and moose...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    November 3, 2021

The problem of the urban bear

A survey of bear headlines across Montana over the past two months reveals a perilous situation for animals that have become increasingly accustomed to living among humans: "Info sought on grizzly... Full story


Fire season 2021: Early to start, late to finish, and smoky in the middle

The state's first major winter storm dropped snow on parts of southern Montana early this week, signaling the final act of an active fire season that had prompted Gov. Greg Gianforte to issue a...


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to explore relisting the gray wolf

na's expanded wolf-hunting season earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it has decided to conduct an in-depth status review to determine whether state management plans aiming to aggressively reduce wolf populations threaten the... Full story


Federal oil and gas leasing program back in play in Montana

The federal government is moving forward with oil and gas leasing on 6,277 acres of Bureau of Land Management property in Montana following a judicial order directing the Department of the Interior to resume lease sales on federal lands. The BLM...


Montanans to receive partial refunds for insurance premiums

Nearly 16,000 Montanans who purchased Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance through the marketplace are set to receive partial reimbursement for premiums paid between 2018 and 2020.  The Affordable Care Act requires insurers selling plans on the...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    August 25, 2021

Trout in trouble : How this year's drought has impacted Montana's treasured cold-water fisheries, and the outfitters and anglers who rely on them

On July 12, Florence-based fly-fishing outfitter Jay Dixon took a look at the forecast calling for several days of near triple-digit heat and decided to temporarily close his business during one of... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    July 28, 2021

Missouri River tributary runs dry after restoration project

Helena anglers are expressing concern over the loss of surface flow in Beaver Creek, an ecologically important tributary of the Missouri River, following restoration work conducted by the U.S. Forest...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    July 7, 2021

High-elevation forests now burning more frequently than any time in the past 2,000 years

As climate change drives up temperatures and creates longer, more expansive droughts, the typically cool, moist high-elevation forests of the central Rockies are burning with greater frequency than any time in the past 2,000 years, according to a...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    June 30, 2021

What 'waters of the U.S.' means for Montana

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking a close look at a 2020 rule that removed Clean Water Act protections from a significant number of waterways across the country, including a huge number of...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    June 16, 2021

Gianforte sets wildfire priorities for 'above-normal' season

In a wildfire briefing at the state Capitol attended by more than a dozen land use and wildfire response agency leaders, Gov. Greg Gianforte said he wants to double the number of treated acres on Montana's forests and pressured the National Park...


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