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Theodora Johnson, WLJ Correspondent

Oct 14, 2016
Instead, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) put regulations in place on federal land meant to alleviate the threats to the bird. But a new industry report released last Tuesday suggests the regulations are biased against livestock grazing, and could do more harm than good.

Oct 7, 2016
USFS said that most of the 2016 large fires have burned in Southern California in the urban interface where there are billions of dollars in assets and 22 million people. These urban interface fires are costly to fight. For example, USFS spent $245 million on this year’s Soberanes Fire on the Los Padres National Forest, protecting over $6.

Sep 9, 2016
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) revealed on Sept. 1 a seven-year work plan to take a bite out of its backlog of Endangered Species Act (ESA) decisions. USFWS faces decision deadlines on over 550 species that have been petitioned for listing, and hundreds more that the agency has already determined may warrant listing.

Aug 5, 2016
New guidance issued by the current administration now calls for all federal agencies to consider climate change before taking any action, whether it’s building a military base, approving a logging job, or allowing grazing to continue on federal land. The guidance, released by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on Aug.

Jul 15, 2016
As Montana’s last and largest Indian water compact chugs toward the finish line, heated debate makes for a wild ride. For over a decade, the compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT or compact) on the Flathead Indian Reservation has been kneaded and pounded by state, tribal, and U.S.

Jun 20, 2016
Domestic sheep have grazed on the Gravelly Landscape of southwestern Montana since the 1860s. But the Gallatin Wildlife Association is suing to get those sheep removed. The group claims that domestic sheep are responsible for disease outbreaks among the bighorn sheep population, introduced to the area by Montana Fish and Wildlife in 2001.

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