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Trust Lands FY 14 Report
Montana's 5.2 million acres of state trust land generated $114.4 million in gross revenue for Fiscal Year 2014.
Montana State Water Plan
The result of an 18-month-long planning and public involvement process, the plan contains 68 recommendations to guide state water policy and management from the present into the future.
Governor Bullock: forest health and restoration are good investments
HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is providing close to one million dollars in state funding to Forest Service projects in Montana, to increase the pace and scale of efforts to improve forest and watershed health. State investments will be made in Forest Service projects in each National Forest in Montana, funding thirteen projects in eleven counties.
Montana ready to celebrate Arbor Day
As many as 60 cities and towns across Big Sky Country will celebrate Arbor Day this Friday, April 24, 2015, with the official state ceremony scheduled for May 15, 2015, in Livingston, Mont.
Youth Range Camp Applications Available
Applications are now available for the 2015 Montana Youth Range Camp. This year’s camp will be held the week of July 27-31 at Frank Brattin Middle School in Colstrip, Mont., and is open to all youth ages 12 -18.
Wildlife Management Areas Land Sales
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is evaluating a proposal to sell the trust lands managed by DNRC within three Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks wildlife management areas, located in Lewis and Clark, Cascade, and Teton Counties.
Oral history project workshop Aug. 26
A day-long workshop aimed at recruiting and training participants in a statewide oral history project is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yogo Inn of Lewistown.
State reps named for CSKT Compact teams
After becoming state law on April 24, 2015, the first steps toward implementation of the water rights compact between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the State of Montana and the United States are under way.
Forest Products Week celebration creates opportunities for woodworkers, forest landowners
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is calling all woodworkers, builders, forest landowners – anyone with a passion for working forests, stewardship and wood products – to take part in the fifth annual Montana Forest Products Week celebration, which runs Oct. 18-24, 2015.
DNRC Aviation Program Reviewed by National Team
Program is Safe and Effective; Resolving Issues with Flying on Federal Fires Will Take Additional Work
Know the rules for hunting on state trust lands
With the 2015 hunting season now under way, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) asks that hunters and other recreationists get acquainted with the regulations for accessing trust lands before they take to the field.
Know the rules for hunting on state trust lands
With the 2015 hunting season now under way, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) asks that hunters and other recreationists get acquainted with the regulations for accessing trust lands before they take to the field.
Focused on Forest Restoration
Water compacts a triumph of negotiation over litigation
State oil and gas lease sale June 7
The quarterly oil and gas lease sale conducted by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is scheduled for June 7, 2016, in Helena.
Dam safety a shared reponsibility
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) will observe the 30th anniversary of the Montana Dam Safety Act on May 31, 2015, which is also designated as National Dam Safety Awareness Day.
State's water picture improving, but drought preparations will continue
While recent spring rains have lifted stream flows and improved soil moisture in many areas of the state, Governor Steve Bullock today said the potential for impacts from drought to surface water uses remains moderate to high both east and west of the Continental Divide.
Sage grouse program launches search for manager
Recruitment is under way for a manager of the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) announced today.
Celebrate the Fourth with wildfire safety in mind
MONTANA, July 1, 2015— The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and firefighters across Montana want to help you celebrate Independence Day with wildfire safety in mind.
Governor's Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee Jul 16, 2015 from 09:30 AM to 12:00 PM Room 152, Capitol Bldg,
2015 Montana Range Tour to showcase projects in Madison Valley region
The Montana Range Tour is an annual event sponsored by the Rangeland Resource Executive Committee and the local conservation district.
With grizzly protection settlement ratified, DNRC timber program "back in business"
Last week’s settlement agreement between the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and several conservation groups over grizzly bear protections on state trust land brings much-needed certainty to future DNRC forest management plans.
State-owned lakefront properties up for auction
State-owned recreation properties on three Flathead County lakes are headed for the auction block.
Public comment sought on draft rule for Sage Grouse grant program
sage grouse grant program proposed rule
Resource Conservation Advisory Council Feb 24, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM Cascade Conservation District offices, 12 Third St. NW, Great Falls 59404,
Montana Invasive Species Advisory Council Jan 20, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM State Capitol Building, Room 172,
Major Pipeline Crossings of Navigable Streams
A table listing crossings of navigable streams by major gas and hazardous liquid transmission pipelines throughout Montana is now available.
Governor approves $11.6 million infrastructure project for Lockwood
Governor Steve Bullock today announced that the Lockwood Water and Sewer District (WSD) has completed an $11.6 million infrastructure financing package to develop the second phase of its sewer system project.
DNRC welcomes new Fire & Aviation chief
Mike DeGrosky brings more than 38 years of wildland firefighting and incident management experience to job.
DNRC hires local government forest advisor
County commissioners and other local government officials now have a new resource available to help them engage with national forest projects within their jurisdictions.
DNRC opens public scoping for proposed Bozeman-area timber harvest
The Montana DNRC is seeking public comment to evaluate a potential timber harvest on state trust lands in the Limestone / Nichols Creek area southwest of Bozeman.
Sage grouse program seeking grant applications
The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team (MSGOT) today opened its initial application cycle for conservation projects to benefit sage grouse and sage grouse habitat.
Blackfeet Community College honored with Tree Campus USA recognition
Blackfeet Community College has been named a “Tree Campus USA” school by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Four counties move to "Drought Alert" status
Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney today said four Montana counties -- Glacier, Teton, Pondera and the northern portion of Lewis and Clark – have reached “Drought Alert” status
Fire Crew’s Hard Work Motivates Cabin Owners to Prepare for Wildfires
Twenty firefighters were dispatched with chainsaws, mowers, a wood chipper and a skid steer to help remove the overabundance of vegetation in the Fort Peck Pines Recreation Area
New wildland fire engines delivered to Bainville, Dagmar and Scobey
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) recently delivered three shiny, new wildland fire engines to volunteer departments in northeastern Montana.
Ten more counties go to ‘drought alert’ status
Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney today said ten Montana counties – Carter, Carbon, Yellowstone, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Powell, Ravalli, Missoula and Sanders – have reached “Drought Alert” status.
Drought forums scheduled for Aug., Sept.
Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney today announced a series of drought forums to be held in four communities across Montana.
Need to see us in person? DNRC Is moving!
Beginning August 29, DNRC headquarters will be located at 1539 Eleventh Avenue in Helena – that’s about a half-block west of our current location. Our mailing address will remain the same: PO Box 201601, Helena MT 59620-1601.
Blackfeet Community College is a Tree Campus USA
See a short video produced by the Arbor Day Foundation highlighting the work of DNRC, ADF and other partners with Blackfeet Community College as well as United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota.
Watch a Forests In Focus restoration project video
This video explores a cross-boundary forest restoration and hazardous fuel reduction project underway on the Marshall Woods Project in the Rattlesnake watershed near Missoula. Funding for this project was provided by the Governor’s Forests in Focus Initiative, the DNRC’s Stewardship Program, and the USDA Forest Service.
Governor declares natural resource emergency for Montana waters due to presence of invasive mussels
Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order today declaring a statewide natural resource emergency for Montana water bodies due to the detection of the larvae of invasive aquatic mussels at Tiber Reservoir and suspected detections at Canyon Ferry Reservoir and the Milk and Missouri rivers. The signing of the Executive Order triggers the deployment of an interagency rapid response team to respond to the emerging situation.
DNRC letters to claimants are standard step in Water Court’s claim examination process
Notification letters sent recently to Flathead-area water right owners from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s (DNRC) Water Adjudication Bureau are part of the agency’s ongoing claims examination process.
Sage grouse program hosting work session
The Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program will host a work session on mitigation for unavoidable impacts of development in designated sage grouse habitat.
Meeting to kick off drought plan update
Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney will lead a work session of the Governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee on October 28, 2016.
Public comment sought on draft EA for sage grouse conservation easement
The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team (MSGOT) is soliciting public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment regarding a proposed grant from the Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Stewardship Fund to support the 44 Ranch Inc. Conservation Easement Proposal.
Sage grouse program work sessions scheduled
The Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program will host two work sessions in November on mitigation for unavoidable impacts of development in designated sage grouse habitat.
Governor announces $1.5M in grants for forest restoration projects in 10 counties
Grants are a component of Governor Bullock’s Forests In Focus initiative
Winter Grazing Seminar Jan. 17-18
A great opportunity to meet with other producers and hear from the experts in a relaxed setting.
Public comment sought on proposed rules for Sage Grouse program
Public meetings to be held in Dillon, Malta, Roundup
Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team public hearing on proposed administrative rules Jan 16, 2017 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM Musselshell County Ambulance Barn, 704 First Street East, Roundup, MT ,
Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team public hearing on proposed administrative rules Jan 17, 2017 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM First State Bank of Malta, 1 South, First St. East, Malta, MT,
Rising temperatures offer important reminder to prepare for potential flooding
DNRC encourages homeowners, business owners and renters to learn about the many benefits of flood insurance
Record number of schools enter in Keep Montana Green art contest
2017 regional art contest winners announced.
Student exhibit documents social, cultural perspectives on the Yellowstone River
Project seeks to answer question, 'Who owns the Yellowstone River?'
Sage Grouse Program’s new web site to offer streamlined process for developers
Big improvements are coming for users of the Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program’s web site.
Earth Day Expo set for April 23
Second Annual Helena Earth Day Expo to Feature Live Music, Food and Exhibits, Workshops, & Electronics Recycling THIS SUNDAY, April 23rd!
Montana woman recalls a lifetime of progress on farm
Homesteader Eva Amundson's story is part of DNRC's Montana Women and Agriculture Oral History Project
Governor to celebrate Arbor Day in Shelby
Town of Shelby named Tree City USA.
Sage grouse program hosting work session
The Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program will host a work session on mitigation for unavoidable impacts of development in designated sage grouse habitat.
Live-stream speeches by Gov. Bullock, USFS chief at forest & rangeland workshop
Registration for in-person attendance at the WGA Federal Forest & Range Workshop is now closed. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell will address the first workshop of the Western Governors' National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative in Missoula, Mont., on Sept. 20-21.
Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is May 21-27
Transporting firewood isn't worth the risk
Drought at an all-time low; flooding a concern
2017 water year outlook
Drought conditions scarce; flooding a concern
2017 water year outlook
Montana Youth Range Camp deadline June 30
Openings still available for camp, which runs July 10-14.
HB 110 offers chance for property owners to file claims on exempt water rights
Northern Rockies Fire Assessment
Northern Rockies Fire Assessment
Northern Rockies 2017 Fire Season Assessment and Outlook
The Northern Rockies Coordinating Group has produced a highly readable and comprehensive assessment of the 2017 fire season, which includes a review and analysis of potential scenarios for the next several months. You can find it here.
Governor Bullock Unveils New Forestry Stewardship Partnership
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today unveiled a new forestry stewardship partnership to address pressing needs in forest management across ownership boundaries. Governor Bullock, along with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and key supporting partners including Idaho Forest Group, The Nature Conservancy, and the Forest Service introduced a strategy document titled Forests in Focus 2.0: A Cross-Boundary Collaborative Approach.
Montana Sells First Timber Sale On National Forested Lands
Good Neighbor Authority Increases Capacity for Forest Restoration Projects