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PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2019 


Public impeachment hearings in Washington; dreamers protest in Texas; roadless wilderness areas possibly at risk around the country; and an ozone indicating garden, at the North Carolina Governor's Mansion.

2020Talks - November 13, 2019 


Supreme Court hears DACA arguments, and likely will side with the Trump administration, but doesn't take up a gun manufacturer's appeal. Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford drops out of presidential race; and former President Jimmy Carter recovers from brain surgery.

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Public News Service - MT: Public Lands/Wilderness

More than 80% of Montanans say they want more dedicated conservation funding  even if it means higher taxes. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans are willing to “put their money where their mouth is" when it comes to conservation, according to a new survey. The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project has released results of its summer survey of more than 11,000 residents, or about 1% of the state's population.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., gave the keynote speech at Montana Conservation Voters' 20th anniversary celebration. (Montana Conservation Voters)

LIVINGSTON, Mont. – A "who's who" of Montana conservationists gathered in Livingston on Thursday to celebrate Montana Conservation Voters' 20th birthday. The group rang in two decades of work educating voters about environmental issues. Its executive director, Aaron Murphy, said the list of c

The American Prairie Reserve bison herd has grown to about 850 animals. (Dennis J. Lingohr/American Prairie Reserve)

HELENA, Mont. – In the face of local concern about bison, the American Prairie Reserve has revised its grazing application for the animals on federal lands in northeastern Montana. The group – aiming to create the largest nature reserve in the continental United States – original

Montana and three other states have more than 1 million acres of state lands that are inaccessible to the public. (Luke Detwiler/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – The public is locked out of a large chunk of Montana's state lands, according to a new report. The analysis by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and creators of GPS hunting app onX finds the public is unable to access 1.56 million acres of state lands in Big Sky

Conservation groups estimate the Land and Water Conservation Fund has paid for more than half of the fishing access sites across Montana. (Skeeze/Pixabay)

MISSOULA, Mont. — Conservation groups are holding a rally in Missoula today to press Sen. Steve Daines to back full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The rally starts at 11 a.m. at the DoubleTree Edgewater Hotel, where Daines is headlining a forum by the City Club Missoula. A

The BLM Lewistown Field Office recommended 200,000 acres of land in its district be conserved for its special environmental characteristics. (brewbooks/Flickr)

LEWISTOWN, Mont. – A resource management plan (RMP) for central Montana is drawing the ire of conservation groups and former public lands officials, calling it a sell-off to the oil and gas industry. The Bureau of Land Management released a draft RMP for 650,000 acres of land it oversees str

A new report finds funding for Montana's state parks is lagging their maintenance needs by more than $25 million. (William Neuheisel/Wikimedia Commons)

HELENA, Mont. – A new report finds the needs of Montana's outdoors are eclipsing the funding to meet them. The Headwaters Economics and the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project report looks at state parks, trails, wildlife and working lands, and finds funding demands are outpacing the money from

Visitors from outside Montana spent an estimated $1.2 billion in Glacier National Park and the surrounding area in 2018. (Ada Be/Flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – The majesty of Montana's public lands is no secret – and that's a boon for the state's economy. Visitors from outside Montana spent nearly $3.6 billion in the state in 2018, according to the University of Montana's Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research. That m

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