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Public News Service - MT: Environment

Deferred maintenance in Montana parks has reached $22 million. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – A bill to increase funding for Montana's outdoor-recreation sites has passed the state Senate and moves on to the House. Senate Bill 24 increases the voluntary vehicle-registration fee for state parks from $6 to $9, estimated to generate an additional $1.8 million each year.

Climate change will be a big topic when conservation groups meet today with Montana lawmakers in the Old Supreme Court Room at the State Capitol. (Martin Kraft/Wikimedia Commons)

HELENA, Mont. - Groups are rallying in Helena today to push for action on climate change, wildlife, public lands and more. Two bills in their sights are designed to lay the groundwork for a clean-energy future. Senate Bill 189 would establish a carbon tax and use the money for property-tax relief.

Mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants dropped nearly 82 percent after the EPA put stricter emission limits in place in 2012. (Tim Evanson/Wikimedia Commons)

HELENA, Mont. – The Trump administration is set to weaken standards limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has indicated that his agency will maintain the Obama-era Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Howev

Members of the

BOZEMAN, Mont. – A growing number of Montana businesses and cities say they're committed to reaching the climate goals outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement, despite the Trump administration's decision to pull out of it. The "We Are Still In" campaign includes more than 3,500 businesses, gove

A wildlife biologist says wolves and other large predators have an innate ability to find diseased prey in herds. (Tupulak/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Could wolves and other large predators be border guards in the fight against Chronic Wasting Disease? One biologist believes so, as CWD, an infectious neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose populations, spreads in the Mountain West. Biologist Gary Wolfe, a fo

Sixty million bison once roamed North America, but only a small fraction of that number remain. (American Prairie Reserve)

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Smithsonian is partnering with American Prairie Reserve to research and restore one of the country's most treasured landscapes. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute does science and conservation work around the world, and is bringing that expertise to APR's reser

Unlike some other states, Montana doesn't have setback limits mandating how far away wells must be from buildings and homes. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday held its only public hearing on a proposal to roll back regulations on methane leaking for the oil and gas industry. The meeting took place in Denver, but advocates for health and the environment traveled to it from around the

Anson Nygaard, a veteran who lives in Montana, says the thought of

HELENA, Mont. – With Veterans Day approaching, one Montana vet is speaking up for public lands. Anson Nygaard spent two years on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and when he returned in 2012, decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Nygaard says the trek helped him re-calibrate and settle

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