michael jamison

A grizzly bear visiting a wire hair snag station near Glacier National Park.
Flickr user GlacierNPS (PD)

The Alberta government designated The Castle Special Place as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park after more than 40 years of pressure from local advocates and community members. Michael Jamison of the National Park Conservation Association says this land protection has impacts for the entire Crown of the Continent ecosystem.

Members of the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation hear comments on proposed drilling in the Badger-Two Medicine area in Choteau, MT Sept. 2, 2015
Corin Cates-Carney

The federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation held a meeting in Choteau Wednesday evening on proposed drilling on U.S. Forest Service land in the Badger-Two Medicine area. The council is trying to understand how and if the exploration for natural gas can comply with the National Historic Preservation Act.

N. Fork Flathead River
Katrin Frye

A major element for protection of the North Fork Flathead River Valley moved forward this week. Representative Steve Daines announced a bill that retires many oil and gas leases in the area unanimously passed the House Natural Resources Committee. The North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013 would restrict new mineral development in the North Fork of the Flathead.

This House bill mirrors one introduced by Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus.