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As featured in the CBU Quarterly: Sage grouse and oil can co-exist

Citizens for Balanced Use - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 14:40
This article was originally featured in the August 2014 Edition of the CBU Quarterly. You can receive the Quarterly by mail. It’s Free! Sage Grouse and Oil can Co-Exist- Dave Galt, Montana Petroleum Association The threat of an impending threatened or endangered ruling for sage grouse has prompted many opinions about best management practices. Inaccuracies in a […]

Cow Moose Poached near Front

Montana FWP - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 14:03
State game wardens are seeking information regarding the poaching of a cow moose along the Rocky Mountain Front west of Choteau.

Three Elk Poached on BMA North of Whitehall

Montana FWP - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:11
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is investigating the illegal take of three elk on the Split Diamond Ranch north of Whitehall recently.

CALIFORNIA - Inyo NF Seeks Input on Proposal for Changes to Motorized Trails near Mammoth Lakes

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:00

The Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest are initiating an environmental analysis for changes to the motorized trail and road network on the two districts. The Motorized Transportation System Modifications project will consider adding and removing routes in various locations - mainly between Mammoth Lakes and Lee Vining. The purpose of the project is to improve important recreational, tribal and permitted-use access and address safety concerns, while improving resource conditions.

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Hunter Numbers Strong, Wildlife Harvest Down on Rocky Mountain Front

Montana FWP - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:39
The number of hunters remains strong on the Rocky Mountain Front but the number of animals taken remains below the 10-year average at the close of the second weekend of Montana’s general big game season.

Mountain Lion Hunting Closed In HD's 404, 421, 444 & 450

Montana FWP - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:33
The hunting of all mountain lions in Montana hunting districts 404, 421, 444 and 450, which include portions of Teton, Pondera, Chouteau, Cascade, Lewis & Clark, closed at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

CALIFORNIA - FS Begins Environmental Analysis of Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation on Five Forests

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 15:09

As you may know, the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) of the U.S. Forest Service (FS) has started their environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) based on Subpart C of the Travel Management Rule. Five national forests in California are undertaking Subpart C analysis to improve their management of over-snow vehicle use and to designate a system of areas, roads, and trails, including groomed trails, for over-snow vehicle use. This process is being

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UTAH - San Juan County Lands Bill Open House

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 13:29

We received an email from our partners over at the Utah Trail Machine Association (UTMA) about some upcoming open houses on a possible San Juan County lands bill. We encourage anyone in the area to attend. BRC believes that site-specific input from riders who know the area is critically important. Please review the proposal on how it might impact both casual OHV recreation and permitted events.

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Yellowstone Launches On-line Snowmobile Education Certification Course

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 09:48

The National Park Service is pleased to announce the availability of the Yellowstone Snowmobile Education Certification course. Certification under this free online course will be required for all members of the public who operate snowmobiles in the park under the new Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program. This program permits members of the public to guide private parties of up to five Best Available Technology snowmobiles into the park. There will be one group per oversnow entrance per day and

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Hunting numbers low in south central Montana for second weekend of general season

Montana FWP - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 14:54
The number of hunters who stopped at south central Montana check stations – and the percentage of hunters with animals – generally were very low during the second weekend of the 2014 general big-game season.

State Land Section Closed Due to Grizzly Activity

Montana FWP - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:47
State Section 16, a piece of land southwest of Emigrant in the Paradise Valley (approximately three miles up Big Creek), was put under emergency closure today because of grizzly bear activity in the area and the presence of a fresh elk carcass immediately adjacent to the trail.

Moose Shot, Left to Waste North of Butte

Montana FWP - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 15:22
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks received numerous reports of a dead moose off Lowland Road near Maney Lake in the Elk Park area north of Butte Wednesday.

"Its Your Country - Get Out and VOTE" on Election Day

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:13

Election day is just under a week away, and it is important for you to get out and vote to let your voice be heard. Furthermore, it is important for you to make your vote count. Do you know which candidates are looking out for your interest and which are not? These are questions you need to ask yourself. And understand: every vote counts. There are four ways you can find out if a a candidate is right for your beliefs: 1) check the voting record on key issues; 2) read their website for issues and platforms; 3

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Weather Plays Role in Opening-Weekend Hunting Success in South Central Montana

Montana FWP - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:34
Weather in south central Montana played a big role in the opening day of the 2014 general big game season.

CALIFORNIA - FS Announces Launch of Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation Analysis on Five Forests

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:16

The Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) of the U.S. Forest Service will soon begin environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) based on Subpart C of the Travel Management Rule. Five national forests in California are undertaking Subpart C analysis to improve their management of over-snow vehicle use and to designate a system of areas, roads, and trails, including groomed trails, for over-snow vehicle use. This process is being conducted, in part,  to meet the

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Recreation Community Mourns Loss Of An Access Champion

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:56
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ELKO, NV (October 29, 2014) -- Grant Gerber, a long-time advocate for public access to public lands (and a true cowboy of the open range), passed away recently. "He [is] remembered for dedicating his life to fighting for local rights against federal encroachment," read the story in the Elko Daily Free Press, the local newspaper for Grant's hometown. But to the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) and the OHV community, he was much more.

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NEVADA - BLM Hosts Public Meetings for the Draft RMP/EIS Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 09:27

As part of the draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices, the Bureau of Land Management will host five public meetings the first two weeks of November.     November 3 - Laughlin Library, 2840 South Needles Hwy, Laughlin November 5 - James I. Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson

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Public Forum Planned with Region 3 Supervisor Candidates

Montana FWP - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:10
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks invites the public to attend Region 3’s Supervisor candidate forum on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Best Western Gran Tree Inn in Bozeman (1325 N. 7th Ave).

Two Young Grizzlies Relocated in Southwest Montana

Montana FWP - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:34
Two young grizzly bears were captured in the Gardiner area within the last week and relocated. The bears were female, siblings, and about two years old

Hunting Experience Positive in Southeastern Montana

Montana FWP - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:20
MILES CITY--Hunters stopping at various Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations throughout southeastern Montana consistently report having a positive experience and an increase in the number of antelope, deer and elk observed during their hunt compared to last year.
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