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USFWS to consider protection for black-backed woodpecker

April 10, 2013

A woodpecker that depends on intense wildfires for the standing dead trees where it feeds on insects is being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday it will take a closer look at the black-backed woodpecker. A decision is...

Federal plan seeks landowners to protect Missouri River basin

April 10, 2013

The Obama administration is proposing a major new effort to work with private landowners along a pristine stretch of the Missouri River that bisects Nebraska and South Dakota in an effort to preserve thousands of acres of sensitive lands and dozens of ecologically significant fish species.


Montana Senate passes measure to limit bison movement

April 9, 2013

The Montana Senate yesterday approved a controversial proposal that would limit where bison can be moved and shrink herd size.

The bill, which passed by a 30-19 vote, specifically targets the moving of bison out of Yellowstone National Park. State Sen. John Brenden (R), who sponsored the...

BLM study shows that Colorado Plateau will get hotter and drier

April 8, 2013

Conservationists are lobbying the Bureau of Land Management to overhaul its policies in the Colorado Plateau after the agency's own study indicated big alterations are coming over the next 50 years because of climate change.

The vast Colorado Plateau is home of the spectacular canyon...

Ranchers, BLM settle suit over Wyoming wild horses

April 5, 2013

A legal settlement between ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would reduce wild horse numbers by about half on more than 4,300 square miles of sagebrush country in the Red Desert of southwest Wyoming.

Under the agreement, the BLM would allow no more than 1,050 wild horses in...

Mont. Republican tests waters on conservation

April 5, 2013

Montana's lone congressman, Republican Steve Daines, is showing early signs that he may break from his predecessor, Republican Denny Rehberg, on key conservation bills in the Treasure State.

While Daines, a Bozeman businessman, is yet to take positions on bills to designate new wilderness...

Pipeline spills stir new criticism of Keystone XL plan

April 5, 2013

Two recent oil pipeline spills have prompted new criticism from opponents of the proposed Keystone XL project, while raising more questions about whether the federal government is adequately monitoring the nation’s vast labyrinth of pipelines.

In recent years, critics have said that the...

Copper exploration upstream unnerves Montanans

April 3, 2013

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — In the past three years, Canadian-based Tintina has spent $18 million in exploration costs here, and now boasts that the Black Butte Copper mine is the third highest grade copper deposit in development in North America. To support that claim, the company says it has...

Mont. bill would allow water leasing to O&G development

April 3, 2013

Water rights could be temporarily leased to oil developers or other users under a bill meant to help meet soaring demand for water resulting from the oil development in northeastern Montana. The bill also is aimed at preventing illegal use of water and protecting other water users as water...

Sen. Udall seeking community support for possible new national monument

April 1, 2013

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is once again exploring the possibility of designating a new national monument in a picturesque central Colorado canyon straddling the Arkansas River.

Udall today released a draft bill that proposes to establish the 22,000-acre Browns Canyon National Monument in...

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