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Whose Crazies are they?

How the Crazy Mountains became ground zero in Montana's most vexing land-use debate.

How the Crazy Mountains became ground zero in Montana’s most vexing land-use debate.

What’s next for water quality?

Montana is positioned to become the first state to strike numeric standards for nitrogen and phosphorus — just six years after becoming the first state to adopt them. Their replacement isn't yet clear.

Montana is positioned to become the first state to strike numeric standards for nitrogen and phosphorus — just six years after becoming the first state to adopt them. How Montana will enforce water quality instead isn’t yet clear.

Conservation groups challenge logging project on Rocky Mountain Front

Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council want to stop the 10,300-acre Elk Smith Project on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking the U.S. District Court in Great Falls to stop a 10,331-acre noncommercial logging and prescribed burn project in a roadless area southwest of Augusta.

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Legislature passes black bear, grizzly bear and wolf proposals

Three proposals that seek to change how bears and wolves are managed in Montana passed out of the Legislature Wednesday on largely Republican support. The bills headed to Gov. Greg Gianforte’s desk in the coming weeks illustrate a deep divide between how Republican and Democratic lawmakers think about managing predators in the state.

Property rights v. public good

A new ‘regulatory takings’ bill aims to give citizens a path to reimbursement for value lost due to government regulation. Critics say it could gut the state’s ability to enforce environmental and public health rules.

Grizzlies in Lower 48 to retain threatened status

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which administers the Endangered Species Act, is recommending that grizzly bears in the Lower 48 retain threatened status in the near-term, following the recent release of a five-year status review.

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MORE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING

Daines co-sponsors bill to delist grizzlies

Five Republican senators from western states have signed on to the Grizzly Bear State Management Act, which would remove Endangered Species Act protections from Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears.

‘Reimbursement’ or ‘bounty’?

SB 267 would allow for reimbursement of hunting expenses, and SB 314 would remove bag limits and legalize baiting and spotlighting.

The giving trees

Trump’s Forest Service OKed logging in the Yaak River Valley. Environmentalists hope Biden will turn it into a ‘climate refuge.’

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