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Sequestration pushes conservation agency toward...

May 2, 2013
Sequestration has affected the federal government's ability to put in place conservation measures on farmland, according to several organizations that work closely with the Agriculture Department. The effects of the across-the-board spending cuts on farmland conservation programs, which have...

Mont. commission opposes proposed EPA rules on...

May 2, 2013
Montana's Public Service Commission says it opposes proposed federal rules to restrict greenhouse gas emissions for new power plants. The PSC said in a statement Monday that it sent the Environmental Protection Agency a letter urging the agency to withdraw its proposed rules for new source...

Interior to decide fate of 10 species by 2018...

May 2, 2013
The Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to decide in the next five years whether to list 10 new species under the Endangered Species Act, including a rare Pacific Northwest mammal, an Arizona orchid and four species of springsnails. The settlement announced late last week with the Center for...

BLM finds ‘no significant impact’ in Sutey-Two...

May 2, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its draft environmental assessment of the proposed Sutey-Two Shoes land exchange on Monday, kicking off the final public comment period for the once-controversial swap. The 286-page BLM report concluded the swap would have no significant environmental...

Mont. ranchers take stand against coal

May 1, 2013
A battle is brewing over the future of energy development in a Montana region laced with coal. A consortium headed by BNSF Railway Co. plans to build a rail line to take some of that Montana coal to market. But the Tongue River Railroad and a proposed coal mine at Otter Creek have concerned some...

DOD aids in conservation with base buffer zones

May 1, 2013
A Defense Department program has resulted in the creation of more than 260,000 acres of sanctuaries as the military tries to keep urban growth from affecting its bases. Through the Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative, the agency has spent nearly $1 billion to create buffer zones...

BLM issues new right-of-way regulations for...

April 30, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management is issuing a regulation that will facilitate right-of-way applications for lands with wind and solar energy development potential. The regulation — called The Final Rule — will allow the BLM, when necessary, to temporarily segregate lands in a wind or solar energy...

New BLM rule gives priority to renewable projects...

April 29, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it has finalized a rule allowing it to temporarily withdraw public lands from new mining claims where wind and solar power developers have applied to locate new projects. The final rule, set to be published tomorrow in the Federal Register,...

Proposed Mont. copper mine raises hopes and...

April 29, 2013
White Sulphur Springs--Tintina Resources Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, have a plan for a mine called Black Butte. They say there’s more than 1 billion pounds of high-grade copper deposits in the ground, enough for a modest-sized copper mine that could employ as many as 200 workers with high-...

USFWS releases four Mexican wolves into the wild

April 29, 2013
About a dozen Fish and Wildlife Service personnel and volunteers stepped forward in a slow-motion line dance, quietly advancing toward a male Mexican wolf. The group convened before dawn to partake in the first major release of Mexican wolves into the wild in almost five years, as FWS wolf...
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