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Conservation

Montana’s Republican Sen. Steve Daines Aug. 11 met with conservation and public lands groups in Gardiner to celebrate the recent passage of the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act.

With the Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone National Park in the background, Daines said it was public land that brought a divided Washington, D.C. together.

The weeping wall on Glacier Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road.
David Restivo, NPS (PD)

President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday that will devote nearly $3 billion a year to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands following its overwhelming approval by both parties in Congress.

The Refuge E3: Listen To The People

Dec 17, 2019
Polar bear outside Kaktovik, Alaska
Nick Mott/Threshold / Nick Mott/Threshold

We continue our reporting from Kaktovik, Alaska—the only town within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—to find out how the conflict over drilling for oil in the refuge feels to the people who live there. 

The Blackfeet Nation is working to restore bison to the species’ native range, which extends beyond the boundaries of their reservation into Glacier National Park and the nearby Badger-Two Medicine area on National Forest land.
Mike Albans

Most of the 50 people visiting Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park for a workshop this week have never seen a bison. They flew in from as far away as South Africa, Russia and Iran to learn about ways countries can work together to manage wildlife, rivers, reefs and landscapes.

New BLM Policy Aims To Save Migratory Birds

Feb 25, 2016
Missoula will host the annual Montana Audubon Bird Festival, Friday June 3rd through Sunday the 5th.
Flickr user Vitalii Khustochka (CC-BY-NC-2)

The Bureau of Land Management released a new policy today in an effort to decrease hazards to migratory birds. The policy states that all pipes, like fences, signposts, survey markers and vents, must be capped or screened by employees. The BLM estimates that over 100,000 birds could be saved from getting trapped.

'Field Notes:' Deer In The Spotlight

Nov 8, 2015
White-tailed doe.
(PD)

As they grazed on the grasses in a small break in the forest, and I held my breath to keep from scaring them off, I realized the white-tailed deer's abundance didn’t take away from their significance.

Courtesey Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent

For the last five years, conservation, cultural, business and political leaders from around Montana, Alberta and British Columbia have been getting together to talk in the annual Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent conference.

This year's conference happens Wednesday - Friday at the University of Montana. Roundtable Executive Coordinator Mary Sexton explains what it's all about.

Excerpt From 'The Science of Open Spaces'

Aug 18, 2015

On a clear day, standing atop a windswept ridge on the southern border of the United States, one can see a hundred miles into Mexico. From the southern horizon, the Sierra Madre range extends north to meet the Rockies along the continent’s spine.

Deer Creek Excavating, LLC, has applied to mine gravel on a 26.5-acre site known as the Cottonwood Pit near Seeley Lake.
Flickr user Bitterroot (CC-BY-ND-2)

What's the connection between poachers killing African elephants, and promoting tourism in Seeley Lake, Montana? Find out in this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

The Breakthrough Institute

Whether you're raising cattle outside of Bozeman, growing coffee in India, or maintaining your lawn in Hamilton, you're producing and managing wildlife.

Researcher Paul Robbins says that's neither good nor bad - it's just a fact. Robbins is director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconson-Madison.

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