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 By Amanda Eggert    News    March 8, 2023

Committee votes on four wolf bills as legislative deadline nears

The House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee considers snares, trapping dates, reimbursement and hunting near national parks. The House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee voted on four wolf-related measures Feb. 28 ahead of a key legislative... Full story


'Firestorm' of comments leads FWP to rethink elk proposals

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has backpedaled on a controversial elk management strategy after a public response that FWP Director Henry “Hank” Worsech described as a “firestorm.” Even after the department backed away from the most... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    December 9, 2021

Montana petitions USFWS to delist NCDE grizzlies

HELENA - Gov. Greg Gianforte’s office announced Monday, Dec. 6 that the state is petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, citing robu... Full story


Outdoor recreation added $2.2 billion to Montana economy

While Montana’s outdoor recreation economy wasn’t spared the pandemic-spurred losses that swept the globe in 2020, it remained a cornerstone of the state’s economy, according to a report released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    November 4, 2021

Fish and Wildlife Commission pares down wolf trapping season, shrinks areas for snaring

The geographic and temporal sweep of Montana’s wolf trapping and snaring regulations shrank Thursday when the state Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a measure that brings those regulations into alignment with legal settlements governing... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    October 21, 2021

Betting on biochar in Bonner

On a 159-acre working forestland east of Bonner, Dave Atkins' personal and professional interests overlap. There, in a stand of dry conifer forest populated with ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and the... Full story

 By Amanda Eggert    News    June 24, 2021

Gianforte sets wildfire priorities for 'above-normal' season

In a wildfire briefing at the state Capitol attended by more than a dozen land use and wildfire response agency leaders, Gov. Greg Gianforte said he wants to double the number of treated acres on Montana’s forests and pressured the National Park...


Telemedicine and bridging Montana's digital divide

When COVID-19 safety protocols shifted whole sectors of the health care industry from in-person visits to a telehealth model, Arjun and Hannah Verma watched their parents - a pulmonologist and a...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    August 22, 2019

Private-sector approaches to a public problem

In this three-part series, Montana Free Press examines how federal land management agencies have approached wildfire in the past and highlights public sector efforts to make communities more...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    August 8, 2019

Building fire-adapted communities through land-use planning

EDITOR'S NOTE: In this three-part series, Montana Free Press examines how federal land management agencies have approached wildfire in the past and highlights key public and private sector...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    August 1, 2019

The evolution of wildfire suppression

Editor's Note: As the West enters another fire season, where, how and why federal land management agencies decide to suppress wildfires and implement fuel reduction projects will be hotly debated as...


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