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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2018 


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Public News Service - MT: Environment

More than half of Montana's fishing access sites were funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Loren Kerns/Flickr)

Note: An earlier version of this story stated the Land and Water Conservation Fund budget would be reduced by 90 percent. That number has been revised to 98 percent. HELENA, Mont. – Public lands and natural resources take a big hit under President Donald Trump's 2019 budget proposal released

New research finds taking a hike makes people feel better about their bodies. (daveynin/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans have access to an abundance of what the doctor ordered to promote a more positive body image – the outdoors. A new series of studies has found exposure to nature makes people feel better about their bodies. In the first study, researchers found that simply l

Grizzly bears occupy less than 5 percent of their historic range, conservation groups say. (Ellie Attebery/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may be undermining its delisting of Yellowstone grizzlies as endangered species by reopening public comment on the decision. A coalition of conservation groups and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe asked a federal judge Monday to invalidate the go

Researchers found one-third of forests in five western states, including Montana, haven't come back after forest fires over the last 30 years. (Jim Handcock/Flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – If climate change continues on its current trajectory, Montana forests are likely to look much different in the future, according to new analysis led by Colorado State University scientists. Researchers looked at forests in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming af

The Montana special session brought deals to fix the budget, but national politics could throw a wrench into the mix. (Justin Brockie/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – The conclusion of the special legislative session has left more questions than answers for Montanans and the future of the state's budget. While a patchwork of deals appeared to cover most of the $227 million budget hole, Eric Feaver, president of the public employees' union

Leonard Higgins, who shut down a pipeline in Coal Banks Landing, Mont., faces the possibility of up to 10 years in prison. (Climate Direct Action)

FORT BENTON, Mont. – In October 2016, Leonard Higgins and four other activists concerned about the imminent impact of climate change took action into their own hands to stop it. Known collectively as the "valve turners," the five climate activists shut off oil pipeline emergency valves acros

Montana's wind sector has the potential to power 6.4 million homes by 2030, according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy.  (David J. LaPorte/Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. – How does the country move toward renewable energy in a way that benefits working families? That's one issue being addressed at the 46th annual Northern Plains Resource Council meeting on Saturday. Keynote speaker Tyson Slocum is the energy program director for Public Citize

The sage-grouse habitat stretches across 11 Western states, including Montana. (Katie Theule/USFWS)

BILLINGS, Mont. – Folks in Billings will have a chance on Wednesday to weigh in on U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's proposal to make changes to the sage-grouse conservation plan. The Bureau of Land Management is hosting scoping meetings throughout the West on possibly rolling back conser

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