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Barbara Van Cleve / University of New Mexico Press

In the vernacular of the West, the term Pure Quill means “authentic; real, through and through.” With her photographs of the West, which she knows and loves, Barbara Van Cleve gives vision to that term.
 

    

Wild Sky Beef is part of American Prairie Reserve’s mission to provide habitat for wildlife.

The for-profit arm of APR is paying its neighboring ranchers if they agree to be wildlife friendly.

Some ranchers in central and northeastern Montana resent APR, and its wealthy backers, for buying or leasing their neighbor’s land and turning loose free-roaming bison.

Barbara Van Cleve - All Rights Reserved

Barbara Van Cleve has been photographing ranch life since she was eleven years old. She grew up on her family’s cattle ranch near Big Timber, Montana. But she doesn’t just stand around holding a camera. More than a third of her images have been captured while she was riding a horse.

Montana Proposes Elk Hazing To Check Brucellosis Spread

Aug 10, 2016
Cow elk.
PD

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are proposing to keep elk that have been exposed to disease from mingling with unexposed elk across a wide area north and west of Yellowstone National Park, though they acknowledge that plan has a high possibility of failure.

John Degel speaks at 'Citizens for Constitutional Freedom' rally in Lewistown.
Corin Cates-Carney

All across the nation last Saturday anti federal land activists protested what they consider to be wide -ranging federal government overreach. In Montana, the self-titled Citizens for Constitutional Freedom gathered in Lewistown.

Environmental groups are suing to force the Obama administration to impose more restrictions on oil and gas drilling, grazing and other activities blamed for the decline of greater sage grouse across the American West.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services (CC-BY-2)

Environmental groups are suing to force the Obama administration to impose more restrictions on oil and gas drilling, grazing and other activities blamed for the decline of greater sage grouse across the American West.

Clay Scott

In this episode of "Mountain West Voices," Montana rancher Ellen Pfister talks about the impact of longwall coal mining on the ranching communities of central Montana.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices,"  2/22/16, Mondays, 4:53 p.m., or via podcast.)

Live and beetle killed trees in the Helena National Forest.
Steve Jess

State officials say the new kinds of forest management tools the Farm Bill gave them are good for both Montana’s forests and the state’s economy. But some environmentalists say those claims are dubious at best.

2016 A 'Crucial Year' For Yellowstone Bison

Feb 4, 2016
Bison in Yellowstone's Lower Geyser Basin.
Jim Peaco/NPS (PD)

You may have heard a story on NPR about the new bison management policy Governor Steve Bullock has proposed. It would allow some bison to roam farther outside Yellowstone National Park, and remain outside the park year-round. Amy Martin reported that story and joins us now to tell us more about what she learned from talking to people in and around Yellowstone on her reporting trip.


Bison on the move near Yellowstone's northern border.
Amy Martin

For the first time in 30 years, bison will be able to migrate outside of Yellowstone National Park. Park officials, private landowners and the state have been in a decades-long debate over the bison. Amy Martin reports for All Things Considered.

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