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Land Use and Wildlife Management

Read the latest news from the Montana Farm Bureau Federation on land use and wildlife management:

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June 25th, 2014: Comment Period Opens on DSA Boundary Adjustment; Public Meeting Set for July 2

Public comment on expanding the state’s Designated Surveillance Area (DSA) for brucellosis to include a 365-square mile chunk of land between Norris and Three Forks (see attached map) opened late last week. The Montana Board of Livestock at its last meeting approved putting the proposal out for review after learning that 10 of 60 elk […] Continue reading . . .

August 1st, 2013: Montana Farm Bureau involved in Sage Grouse Habitat Advisory Council

When Governor Steve Bullock appointed people to the Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Advisory Council, Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) wanted to be involved. The purpose of the Council was to gather information, furnish advice, and provide to the Governor recommendations on policies and actions for a state-wide strategy to preclude the need to list the […] Continue reading . . .

June 17th, 2013: Montana Farm Bureau comments on Miles City Resource Management Plan

Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has submitted comments regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Miles City.  Many of the residents within the area of the RMP are Farm Bureau members and could be significantly affected by management of BLM property in the area. MFBF Governmental Relations Director John […] Continue reading . . .

August 23rd, 2012: MFBF Submits Comments on Year-Round Bison Habitat

Today, August 23, 2012, Montana Farm Bureau Federation has submitted comments to the Montana Department of Livestock on proposed year-round bison habitat. Click here to download a copy of the MFBF Comments Continue reading . . .

August 23rd, 2012: Montana Farm Bureau pleased final bison trial phase set for Nov. 5

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is pleased with the progress made to date on the Yellowstone Bison trial taking place in Park County. In a conference call this morning, Hertha Lund, attorney for MFBF, noted three-quarters of the testimony for the trial has been completed, with the final phase scheduled in Park County Nov. 5. […] Continue reading . . .

May 11th, 2012: MFBF says government agencies may be in violation of law if bison hazing halted

The state’s largest agricultural organization, the Montana Farm Bureau, says the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service may risk violating the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) if helicopter hazing of buffalo is halted. A group, the Alliance of the Wild Rockies, has […] Continue reading . . .

May 2nd, 2012: NORTH DAKOTA AND MONTANA: A TALE OF TWO ENERGY STATES

By William Perry Pendley, President and Chief Operating Officer, Mountain States Legal Foundation In response to President Obama’s claims regarding his role in the dramatic increase in oil and gas production across the country, experts, such as the Institute for Energy Research, demonstrate that leasing of federal lands let alone the production from them has […] Continue reading . . .

October 18th, 2011: MFBF Comments on Bison Translocation

October 17, 2011 MFBF’s President, Bob Hanson, submitted comments today on the Draft Environmental Assessment for Interim Translocation of bison to the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife & Parks.  Among the points maid by Hanson include the fact that Environmental Assessment does not fulfill the requirements of Senate Bill No. 212, enacted by the 2011 […] Continue reading . . .

September 30th, 2011: MFBF Submits Comments on State Lands Grazing

MFBF has submitted formal comments on proposed increases in the rental rate for state grazing leases.  Among other points forwarded to the Montana Department of Natural Resources is that a study being used to promote the increases, which was commissioned by the Land Board, did not adequately account for variances in the value of state […] Continue reading . . .

August 26th, 2011: MFBF applauds court denial of emergency injunction to stop wolf hunts

The Montana Farm Bureau applauds yesterday’s decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denying a request by activist groups for an emergency injunction to halt wolf hunts scheduled to start next week in Montana. “This shows that common sense is prevailing in our court system,” notes MFBF President Bob Hanson. “Under guidance of the […] Continue reading . . .
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