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  • North Fork Watershed Protection Act Passes U.S. House | Our Public Lands
    s entire delegation Democratic Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh have also supported the bill a version of which was first introduced by former Sen Max Baucus whose retirement to become ambassador to China cast doubt on the bill s future If passed the public lands bill would furnish permanent protections on 430 000 acres of U S Forest Service parcels along the north and middle forks of the Flathead River placing them off limits to hard rock mining mountaintop removal coal mining and oil and gas development Before retiring Baucus said the bill was slated for a senate hotline by which a bill is approved by unanimous consent However at the time Baucus said two holdouts remained It s not clear if Walsh who was appointed to fill the remainder of Baucus term will have success in persuading his Senate colleagues but he immediately voiced support of the House s passage of the act Daines said the bill which passed the House by voice vote and earlier this year passed out of the Natural Resources Committee by unanimous consent represented a common sense goal The North Fork Watershed Protection Act represents common sense resource management the kind of common sense that Montanans understand and Washington needs more of Daines said in a statement We all support protecting this area for future generations making this bill the first lands legislation supported by the entire Montana delegation in nearly 30 years Passage of the North Fork Watershed Protection Act is a major step towards a common sense goal that Montanans have worked toward together for decades It s time we get this done The bill is identical both in name and content to its companion bill in the Senate the North Fork Watershed Protect Act which Democratic U S Sens Baucus

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  • North Fork Watershed Protection Act | Our Public Lands
    Resources News Reports Publications Western Voices Maps and Helpful Links Photo Gallery Multimedia Action Center Affiliates Arizona Wildlife Federation Colorado Wildlife Federation Montana Wildlife Federation New Mexico Wildlife Federation Wyoming Wildlife Federation Sign Up Take action for public lands facebook com OurPublicLands twitter com OurPublicLands Saving the Sagebrush Sea An Imperiled Western Legacy Nearly 350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival Stay up to date on public lands issues with a monthly email Sign Up News 04 27 2016 NWF affiliates Let sage grouse conservation plans work 04 27 2016 Sportsmen fend off public land grabs but more work remains 04 12 2016 Chadwick It s Time for Everyone to Pay for Wildlife Management 03 20 2016 NWF s O Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands 03 17 2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More North Fork Watershed Protection Act North Fork

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  • Rep. Steve Daines | Our Public Lands
    Blog Resources News Reports Publications Western Voices Maps and Helpful Links Photo Gallery Multimedia Action Center Affiliates Arizona Wildlife Federation Colorado Wildlife Federation Montana Wildlife Federation New Mexico Wildlife Federation Wyoming Wildlife Federation Sign Up Take action for public lands facebook com OurPublicLands twitter com OurPublicLands Saving the Sagebrush Sea An Imperiled Western Legacy Nearly 350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival Stay up to date on public lands issues with a monthly email Sign Up News 04 27 2016 NWF affiliates Let sage grouse conservation plans work 04 27 2016 Sportsmen fend off public land grabs but more work remains 04 12 2016 Chadwick It s Time for Everyone to Pay for Wildlife Management 03 20 2016 NWF s O Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands 03 17 2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Rep Steve Daines North Fork Watershed

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  • Montana legislator sponsors resolution to keep public lands public | Our Public Lands
    NWF affiliates Let sage grouse conservation plans work 04 27 2016 Sportsmen fend off public land grabs but more work remains 04 12 2016 Chadwick It s Time for Everyone to Pay for Wildlife Management 03 20 2016 NWF s O Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands 03 17 2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Montana legislator sponsors resolution to keep public lands public About 500 people packed the Montana state capitol Monday to rally to keep public lands in public hands Image Dave Chadwick In response to overwhelming public demand for greater protection for Montana s public lands state Rep Ed Lieser D Whitefish has introduced House Joint Resolution 19 which expresses formal opposition to efforts to claim take over litigate or sell federal lands in Montana A handful of legislators have been pushing for the state to take over federally managed public lands in Montana Earlier this week about 500 people from across the state packed the state capitol to support keeping public lands in public hands and oppose attempted land grabs Montanans rely on our public lands for hunting fishing hiking and other outdoor recreation Communities around the state also depend on the jobs these activities create for our 6 billion year outdoor economy said Dave Chadwick executive director of the Montana Wildlife Federation We want our elected officials to protect and manage these lands for future generations not hold frivolous philosophical debates Last month the 2015 Conservation in the West poll confirmed

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  • Montana | Our Public Lands
    for their survival Stay up to date on public lands issues with a monthly email Sign Up News 04 27 2016 NWF affiliates Let sage grouse conservation plans work 04 27 2016 Sportsmen fend off public land grabs but more work remains 04 12 2016 Chadwick It s Time for Everyone to Pay for Wildlife Management 03 20 2016 NWF s O Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands 03 17 2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Montana Montana legislator sponsors resolution to keep public lands public Date Thu 02 19 2015 In response to overwhelming public demand for greater protection for Montana s public lands state Rep Ed Lieser D Whitefish has introduced House Joint Resolution 19 which expresses formal opposition to efforts to claim take over litigate or sell federal lands in Montana A handful of legislators have been pushing for the state to take over federally managed public lands in Montana Earlier this week about 500 people from across the state packed the state capitol to support keeping public lands in public hands and oppose attempted land grabs We want our elected officials to protect and manage these lands for future generations not hold frivolous philosophical debates said Dave Chadwick Montana Wildlife Federation executive director Tags Montana Montana Wildlife Federation public lands hunting fishing conservation Read more about Montana legislator sponsors resolution to keep public lands public In Montana Wilds An Unlikely Alliance To Save The Sage Grouse Date Thu 07 11 2013 By

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  • Montana Wildlife Federation | Our Public Lands
    Federation Colorado Wildlife Federation Montana Wildlife Federation New Mexico Wildlife Federation Wyoming Wildlife Federation Sign Up Take action for public lands facebook com OurPublicLands twitter com OurPublicLands Saving the Sagebrush Sea An Imperiled Western Legacy Nearly 350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival Stay up to date on public lands issues with a monthly email Sign Up News 04 27 2016 NWF affiliates Let sage grouse conservation plans work 04 27 2016 Sportsmen fend off public land grabs but more work remains 04 12 2016 Chadwick It s Time for Everyone to Pay for Wildlife Management 03 20 2016 NWF s O Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands 03 17 2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Montana Wildlife Federation Montana legislators nix recommendation to take over federal lands Date Thu 09 11 2014 By TOM KUGLIN Independent Record HELENA Mont An

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/tags/montana-wildlife-federation?page=1 (2016-05-01)
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  • Our Public Lands
    with a section in the National Defense Authorization Act that would block plans to conserve sage grouse across the West The organizations noted the conservation plans approved by the Bureau of Land Management and U S Forest Service were developed with input from states and private landowners We simply cannot afford any roadblocks especially with all the work collaboration and momentum we have toward conserving this iconic bird and the sagebrush landscape which is so important to our local economies and activities our communities rely on like ranching and recreation says Joy Bannon field director for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation Tags greater sage grouse National Wildlife Federation Wyoming Wildlife Federation Idaho Wildlife Federation sagebrush steppe Congress Read more about NWF affiliates Let sage grouse conservation plans work Sportsmen fend off public land grabs but more work remains Date Wed 04 27 2016 Sportsmen have helped defeat public land grab bills across the West Image Aaron Kindle By Aaron Kindle National Wildlife Federation The pro public lands transfer movement is shaking its collective head in agony after yet another losing year in state legislatures across the country On the other hand sportsmen outdoor enthusiasts business owners and lovers of public lands are taking a moment celebrate the defeat of these bills while also preparing to hold the legislators accountable for their actions Despite being soundly defeated in 2015 and receiving the clear message that citizens of all stripes adamantly oppose public lands being transferred to states the ideological pro transfer crowd again used their misguided allies in state legislatures to introduce more bad bills in 2016 Fortunately for all of us who love and rely on public lands as the backbone to our communities economies and traditions very few of these bills even got a hearing much less passed out of the respective legislatures We showed up in droves every time legislators proposed a bad bill every time proponents were given the floor to promote the folly of public land transfer and we flooded the newspapers and airwaves at every decisive moment The result was a sound defeat but the work is not done Tags National Wildlife Federation public lands wildlife legislators sportsmen Read more about Sportsmen fend off public land grabs but more work remains NWF s O Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands Date Sun 03 20 2016 NWF CEO and President Collin O Mara praises the Wyoming Wildlife Federation s work on public lands Photo Judith Kohler NWF By Judith Kohler NWF CHEYENNE Wyo Some of the country s most important conversations about wildlife and public lands are taking place in Wyoming and the Wyoming Wildlife Federation is the right organization to help provide a pragmatic approach to bring people together to get big things done again National Wildlife Federation CEO and President Collin O Mara said O Mara told the crowd of more than 200 at the Wyoming Wildlife Federation s annual banquet that between the extremes on wildlife and conservation issues is the

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  • NWF: Feds’ decision on sage grouse charts course to save species & landscape | Our Public Lands
    Wildlife Refuge Area Image NWF What s good for the bird is good for the herd and today s decision will help rebuild greater sage grouse populations and conserve sagebrush habitat that supports more than 300 species including pronghorn mule deer and elk Collin O Mara National Wildlife Federation president and CEO DENVER The U S Fish and Wildlife Service s decision to give state and federal conservation efforts an opportunity to save the greater sage grouse and its habitat is the right decision for the grouse the hundreds of other species of the sagebrush steppe and the sportsmen wildlife enthusiasts ranchers and local economies that depend on this Western landscape Federal officials said the greater sage grouse won t need the protections of the Endangered Species Act because of the safeguards in state and federal conservation plans and work by private landowners This decision illustrates what the Endangered Species Act is supposed to be all about galvanizing collaborative efforts to save wildlife species before they re on the brink of extinction O Mara said It follows years of work by private landowners ranchers sportsmen conservationists industry and state and federal agencies to develop achievable conservation plans based upon sound science which when implemented with sufficient resources and adjusted as needed provide a blueprint for sustaining healthy wildlife populations and habitats across the West It s a good day for all sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts From NWF affiliates After the decision by the U S Fish and Wildlife Service not to list greater sage grouse maybe we can take some time to appreciate the efforts that enabled the agency to reach this point Private landowners ranchers sportsmen state and federal officials outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife advocates have been part of the endeavor to save the bird and its habitat said Janet Marschner Wyoming Wildlife Federation board member We in Wyoming with all the work by the state and many stakeholders helped blaze a trail for the many steps to come in the conservation journey ahead The last several years we ve seen people across the political and social spectrum working together to save sage grouse and the Western sagebrush lands that are important to ranchers sportsmen and women and the people who recreate there Now comes the hard part making sure the state and federal sage grouse conservation plans are carried out so we can save greater sage grouse the habitat and see that the work done so far pays off said Michael Gibson Idaho Wildlife Federation executive director The current debates about who should control Western public lands have played up the region s divisions The campaign to save two Western icons the greater sage grouse and the sagebrush steppe has shown collaboration is possible even when the Endangered Species Act private property the economy and different layers of government are involved said Suzanne O Neill Colorado Wildlife Federation Executive Director If we stay on track and sage grouse populations rebound maybe a chicken sized bird known for its

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/news/nwf-feds%E2%80%99-decision-sage-grouse-charts-course-save-species-landscape (2016-05-01)
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