public land

Commentary - August 18th, 2014
8:25 am
Tue August 19, 2014

The Need For Comprehensive Federal Forest Reforms

There has been quite a bit of opinion writing lately about whether members of congress should focus on place-based federal forestland pilots, or whether they should work to pass comprehensive federal forest reforms.

On the one hand, place-based efforts are homegrown initiatives that carve out temporary solutions to meet local needs, while a comprehensive reform package offers sweeping changes that land managers, timber companies and timber-dependent communities can rely on for the long-term.

Read more
Home Ground Radio
5:38 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Jim Hagenbarth, Montana Rancher

Jim Hagenbarth
Credit courtesy of Jim Hagenbarth

The settlers who came to Montana relied on livestock for their livelihoods and the lives. More than 150 years later, technology has removed most of us from the ranching life. But not Jim Hagenbarth. Far more than most, he understands the needs, complexities and rewards of ranching.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 8/19/14)

Read more
Commentary - August 18th, 2014
1:13 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Wilderness And Who We Are

Late July in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness area:  a sweeping cloak of flowers still silently blooms on a high alpine meadow.  Some are rare; all are beautiful.  There are few places like it, even in Montana.

Read more
"Winning the West"
3:34 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Conservation A "Popular And Winning Issue" In The West

Jessica Goad, Advocacy Director for the Center for Western Priorities.

How much do you value the Mountain West's national parks and other public lands?

Organizers of a new ad campaign are betting these areas - and land conservation in general - are of great value to the vast majority of people.

The Denver-based Center for Western Priorities have launched the "Winning the West" campaign to, among other things, demonstrate to public policy leaders that national forests and parks are held dearly by most Americans.

Read more
Commentary - July 13th, 2014
11:57 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Stream Access Primer

Fly Fisherman on the Yellowstone River.
Credit Flikr user: Mirrur Image (CC-BY-NC)

Now that the rivers have fallen, summer is heating up and recreationists are hitting the state’s streams and rivers in force, it’s not a bad time to review exactly what is legal and what isn’t regarding recreational access to the state’s waters. When the public hews to the law it better ensures that inevitable and tiresome attacks on Montana’s stream access laws by legislators, non-resident landowners and so-called free-market think tanks will continue to fail miserably.

Read more
Commentary - June 18th, 2014
3:14 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

On the Ownership of Public Lands

Few topics in the West stir up controversy more quickly than public lands—those places all Americans own together.  The latest headline involves some Utah county commissioner planning an ATV rally on public lands of archeological importance.  While some people see public lands management as federal land grabs and liberty restrictions, others value public ownership as protection for places from private exploitation.  But what does it really mean to own these lands?

Read more
Walsh for Senate
11:26 am
Wed May 21, 2014

He was appointed now he wants to be elected, to the U.S. Senate

Senator John Walsh

As the incumbent, John Walsh has an apparent advantage over his two opponents - John Bohlinger and Dirk Adams - in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

Read more