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A greater sage grouse hen feeds with with here brood at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming.   (Tom Koerner / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Sage grouse protections falling short, biologists say 

THREATENED SPECIES — The government is preparing insufficient protections for a ground-dwelling bird that has declined significantly over the past century and soon will face a possible endangered species listing, according to 11 biologists who have studied the greater sage grouse. Federal agencies have abandoned...

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2015

FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2015

MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2015

Scott Stouder, the regional field director for Trout Unlimited, packs his horses and mules through old-growth ponderosa pines as he heads into the Rapid River roadless area drainage near Idaho's Seven Devils Wilderness. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Sportsmen rally against public land transfers 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Sportsman's groups are organizing a voice against efforts in Western states to eliminate federal control of public land. Lawmakers in Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming are spending considerable money and effort in attempts to get state control of federal public lands within...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

FRIDAY, NOV. 21, 2014

FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2014

The Wilks brothers' N Bar Ranch is headquartered along Flatwillow Creek in Fergus County. The Big Snowy Mountains can be seen in the background of this shot that looks toward the ranch's large aircraft runway. (Brett French / Billings Gazettte)

Texas brothers building fences in Montana 

PUBLIC LANDS -- They've captured some spectacular hunting country near the Snowy Mountains. They arrive in their personal jets. They're used to getting what they want. They're not a great fit in Montana, but what the heck when you have that much money to spend....

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MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014

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THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014


Hiking up Mount Tiny in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness of Montana. (Bob Clark)

Managing federal lands would cost Montana dearly 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Montana Republican lawmakers looking for votes are frittering away time and money following Idaho's lead in trying to lead the state into a takeover of federal public lands, such as national forests, Bureau of Land Management areas and national wildlife refuges. See...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014

Aaron Theisen, right, and Craig Romano explore the trail between Odessa and the BLM Lakeview Ranch in Lincoln County. (Rich Landers)

BLM bans campfires on its Eastern Washington lands 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Extreme fire danger has prompted the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to join Washington state agencies in prohibiting campfires in Eastern Washington, including in developed recreation areas. The federal agency's fire managers enacted initial fire restrictions in mid-July. Today they updated the...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014

Towell Falls on Rock Creek in the Escure Ranch south of Sprague, Wash., managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. (Mary Aegerter)

BLM gating Escure Ranch road to Towell Falls 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Motor vehicles will be blocked from driving the Escure Ranch road to Towell Falls on Rock Creek south of Sprague starting today, U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say. The annual summer closure begins when fire danger becomes high in the range...

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Lake CdA's Mica Bay Boater Park reopens

WATERSPORTS -- The Mica Bay Boater Park on Lake Coeur d’Alene has re-opened for the summer boating season, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says. The site had been closed to visitors since April while crews removed hazardous trees. Root disease had affected the Douglas...

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Officials who want to restrict exploding targets on public lands say shooters can be too far away to detect and tend to problems. (Jesse Tinsley)

Exploding targets banned on national forests 

SHOOTING -- Exploding targets are officially a no-no on national forests throughout the West. Citing public safety concerns and the potential for igniting wildfires, Northern Region Forester Faye Krueger has signed a regional closure order prohibiting unpermitted explosives on national forest system lands, specifically to...

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A geocache.

BLM seeks ban on geocaches in wilderness 

PUBLIC LANDS -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is trying to get geocaches removed from wilderness and environmentally sensitive areas in Central Oregon. Geocaches are the containers at the end of high-tech treasure hunts undertaken by hobbyists. They use GPS devices or smartphones to...

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