skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Colleges see big drop in foreign-language enrollment; Kentucky advocates say it's time to bury medical debt; Young Farmers in Michigan hope the new farm bill will include key benefits regarding land access.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The White House presses for supplemental Ukraine aid. Leaders condemn antisemitic attacks during Gaza ceasefire protests. Despite concerns about the next election, one Arizona legal expert says courts generally side with voters and democracy.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

Survey: Montanans Support Any Means Necessary to Preserve Outdoors

play audio
Play

Friday, November 1, 2019   

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans are willing to “put their money where their mouth is" when it comes to conservation, according to a new survey.

The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project has released results of its summer survey of more than 11,000 residents, or about 1% of the state's population.

More than 80% of respondents said they "strongly" or "somewhat" support more dedicated conservation funding – even if it means higher taxes.

Fifth-generation rancher Cole Mannix, associate director of Western Landowners Alliance, says conservation is a shared value across the state.

"What we have is not an accident and it has taken resources in the past to get us to where we are now, but it will also take increased funding in the future,” he states. “There's a lot of agreement on that. Certainly as ranchers, we know that stewarding our resources is critical, and the good news is that most Montanans agree with that."

The people surveyed identified loss of access to public lands, climate change and pollution of lakes, rivers and streams as the most pressing challenges to Montana's outdoors.

The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project also held 50 community conversations in rural and urban areas between May and September, where issues of growth and change were a consistent topic of concern.

Kaleb Retz, a volunteer with the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project, is an avid motorcycle and snowmobile rider on the state's trails and also an affordable housing developer.

He says demand has grown faster than Montana can keep up. But he was encouraged to hear the dialogue at the community events.

"We saw 70- or 80-year-old ranchers having intelligent conversations with 25-year-old college students that have very different political and life views, and they were in the same room discussing productive solutions to topics that they're both passionate about," Retz relates.

Through these conversations, participants suggested out-of-state visitors contribute a higher share of conservation funding, perhaps through higher sales taxes in gateway communities.

They also agreed that revenue sources should be diversified beyond hunting and fishing licenses, proposing a sales tax on outdoor gear or new fees on non-hunting activities


get more stories like this via email

more stories
The Mecca Hills, southeast of the Coachella Valley, are part of the proposed Chuckwalla National Monument. (Bureau of Land Management)

Social Issues

play sound

California tribes are headed to the White House Tribal Nations Summit tomorrow, where they will ask Congress and the Biden administration to create …


Environment

play sound

A new report shows Maine is exceeding the home-heating goals set forth in its ambitious four-year climate plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions…

Social Issues

play sound

By India Gardener / Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration. According to Attorney …


An analysis of government data by the health policy group KFF estimates that nearly one in 10 adults, or roughly 23 million people nationwide, owe significant medical debt. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

It's estimated that one in three Kentuckians struggles to pay medical bills, and the issue continues to be a driving factor in personal bankruptcy …

Social Issues

play sound

Senate lawmakers are soon expected to vote on the Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act, legislation introduced this year by Republican Sen…

The Rein in Response Kickoff event will take place at 44 E. 130 N in La Verkin. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

A new program in Utah wants to help first responders learn to recognize and work through their traumatic life events through horsemanship. This …

Health and Wellness

play sound

A coalition of Nevada groups is behind a statewide effort to make Nevada an Employment First state. That would align the state with a U.S. Labor …

Social Issues

play sound

Government accountability groups want increased transparency in New York criminal court decisions. This comes after a new report finds only 6% of …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021