CSKT’s push to protect Flathead Lake and its native trout
The Mack Days competition, gillnetting and a bustling fish-processing operation are part of a comprehensive strategy by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to protect native fish in Flathead Lake by reducing the number of non-native lake trout.
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Bozeman nonprofit trying to purchase former mine site on Yellowstone NP’s northern border
To date, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition has raised $3.9 million to purchase the mineral rights and mining claims involving 1,368 acres near Gardiner. In addition to acquiring the mining claim from Crevice Mining Group, LLC, the group intends to buy the deed to a 300-acre parcel of land, which it would then transfer to the…
Gianforte signs bill banning state agencies from analyzing climate impacts
House Bill 971 bars state regulators like the Montana Department of Environmental Quality from including analyses of greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts, both within and outside Montana’s borders, when conducting comprehensive reviews of large projects.
Three takeaways from lawmakers’ approach to natural resources management
How proposals to change water rights, stream access and conservation funding were received by policymakers the past four months illuminates entrenched sources of tension — between developer and agricultural interests, between federal and state wildlife managers, and even between Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, and members of his own party.
Zinke introduces bill to improve collaboration between parks, gateway communities
The bill would create a pilot program to encourage people visiting more congested national parks to explore lesser-known and lesser-visited recreation sites on adjacent public land.
Bill banning greenhouse gas analysis from permitting decisions heads to governor
Lawmakers suspended their rules to allow for House Bill 971’s introduction and passed the measure along party lines. Republican lawmakers supported the bill, saying it will help unwind a recent court decision over a gas plant under construction. Democrats said it will weaken Montanans’ right to participate in government decisions.
House passes controversial, 11th-hour MEPA bill
House Bill 971 seeks to bar state agencies from analyzing greenhouse gas impacts in its environmental reviews of large projects. One of the most controversial and commented-upon environmental measures of the 2023 legislative session has been transmitted to the Senate following two key votes.
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