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A Nature Conservancy representative points out portions of the land that make up the Clearwater-Blackfoot Project in the Blackfoot Valley. January 2015.
Christopher B. Allen / Montana Public Radio

The U.S. Interior Department approved a plan to purchase 7,300 acres of former private timber lands northeast of Missoula. 

The former Plum Creek Timber company property was acquired by The Nature Conservancy in 2014. And now, as part of a deal several years in the works, that non-profit is selling it to the Bureau of Land management for $5.6 million.

Canada lynx.
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The timber industry, land managers and environmentalists are at loggerheads in lynx country. Canada lynx have been listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act since 2000, they’re at the heart of legal battles over forest management; and in 2017, Montana politicians blamed a lawsuit over lynx protection for the 18,000-acre Park Creek Fire outside Lincoln, along with other blazes across the state.

A coalition of wildlife, conservation and outdoor recreation business groups in Montana has announced it’s launching a survey to determine support and strategies to fund conservation and access projects.

A bird's eye view of the southern reaches of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio


A coalition of wildlife, conservation and outdoor recreation business groups has launched an effort to find ways to fund conservation and maintenance projects on public lands.

Eric Melson says the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project is trying to hear from 10,000 Montanans on what they value about the state’s public lands and outdoor recreation, and how those values should be funded.

Land and Water Conservation Fund.
LWCF.org

In Missoula Friday, Montana’s Republican U.S. Senator, Steve Daines, said Senate leadership has committed to, “Put some kind of a package together of bills, public lands bills and conservation bills that we hope to move during the lame duck session. We’ll be back in session in the U.S. Senate on November 13 and we’ll have between then and the end of the year — which will be really the end of this Congress — to put something together.”

Senator Jon Tester.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Montana Senator Jon Tester is blaming Republican leaders in Congress for failing to schedule a vote on the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, before it expires on Sunday.

A Nature Conservancy representative points out portions of the land that make up the Clearwater-Blackfoot Project in the Blackfoot Valley. January 2015.
Christopher B. Allen / Montana Public Radio

More than 5,000 acres of land in the Blackfoot Valley north of Potomac has been transferred from private ownership to the Bureau of Land Management. The Nature Conservancy Thursday finalized the sale of former Plum Creek timber land to the BLM.

A new survey suggests conservation and national parks are as close to a bipartisan issue as you’re ever going to find in Montana.
U.S. Forest Service Northern Region

A new survey suggests conservation and national parks are as close to a bipartisan issue as you’re ever going to find in Montana.

"This is a time when things are politically divisive, but what’s really important when it comes to support for national parks and conservation, there's an agreement in the state,  it’s an area of agreement on all sectors of politics."

Montana Legacy Project map showing the location of Nevada Lake WMA lands.
Courtesy MontanaFWP

Today The Nature Conservancy and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced a transfer of hundreds of acres of former industrial timber land near Lincoln into public management.

The Nevada Lake Wildlife Management Area southeast of Helmville doubled in size with the land transfer.

Richard Jeo, Montana Nature Conservancy Director

Jul 6, 2015
Blackfoot-Clearwater project map.
Nature Conservancy

With our planet occupied by 7 billion human souls, protecting the full diversity of wild species on earth is a daunting task.  Some might argue a hopeless one. Richard Jeo, state director of Montana’s Nature Conservancy, disagrees. He joins Brian Kahn on this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

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