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Bison could roam year-round outside Yellowstone

July 25, 2012

Bison could roam year-round in large areas adjacent to Yellowstone National Park under a proposal released Monday by Montana officials who want to further ease restrictions on the iconic, burly animals.

For decades migrating bison have been slaughtered or hazed back into the park to...

Skeptical ranchers mark salmon project's 20th year

July 24, 2012

When state and federal officials swooped into Salmon, Idaho, in 1992 to herald a new effort to help restore the Lemhi River's damaged salmon and steelhead habitat, Don Olson feared it was yet another bureaucratic takeover of his valley.

Olson, who runs 500 head of cattle in this isolated...

USDA approves 'Roundup Ready' sugar beets

July 24, 2012

Federal regulators have given final approval to genetically modified sugar beets.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service gave nonregulated status Thursday to Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" sugar beets.

Already used by more than 95 percent of the...

Colorado River supply and demand study delayed, even as drought grips U.S.

July 20, 2012

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is continuing to sift through 150 proposals designed to reduce demand, boost water supplies or invoke new management strategies for the Colorado River, with a final report now delayed until September.

One of the most comprehensive studies of what the future...

Enviros, ranchers disagree on merits of GOP bills to accelerate logging, grazing

July 20, 2012

Republican bills claiming to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires are really "Trojan horses" that could incentivize harmful logging and grazing on federal lands, a coalition of environmental groups said yesterday.

One rancher, however, will tell lawmakers today that public lands...

U.S. drought worst in 55 years

July 18, 2012

The nation's widest drought in decades is spreading, with more than half of the continental United States in some stage of drought and most of the rest enduring abnormally dry conditions.

Only in the 1930s and the 1950s has a drought covered more land, according to federal figures...

Salazar proposes potash, oil and gas plan for NM

July 18, 2012

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday introduced a proposal that could effectively end a decades-long squabble over development of oil and natural gas in an area that makes up the nation's greatest potash reserve.

Oil and gas developers and the companies going after potash — the key...

Heat leaves ranchers a harsh option: sell

July 17, 2012

As a relentless drought bakes prairie soil to dust and dries up streams across the country, ranchers struggling to feed their cattle are unloading them by the thousands, a wrenching decision likely to ripple from the Plains to supermarket shelves over the next year.

Ranchers say they are...

Lawsuit seeks Grand Staircase grazing plan

July 16, 2012

An Idaho-based conservation group is suing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to force creation of a grazing plan to improve rangeland conditions at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The agency promised a plan for 88 grazing allotments — currently permitted for 11,000 cow-calf...

Columbia River Treaty under review for first time in 50 years

July 8, 2012

An obscure treaty between the United States and Canada that controls more water than all the dams in the Pacific Northwest is under review for the first time in 50 years, and Montana has plenty at stake in the policy decision.

The Columbia River Treaty is an accord reached in 1964 when...

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