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Rep. Ryan Zinke, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau Comment on Montana Public Lands

Superintendent of Public Instruction and U.S. House candidate Denise Juneau had a press conference last week on the importance of public lands. U.S. House Representative Ryan Zinke also discussed managing Montana's lands.

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RMEF
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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Opposes Transfer of Public Lands to States

Many western states have investigated the potential of transferring federally managed lands to the states. For its part, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is taking a stand against such policies.

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Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country
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US to Consider Sharp Hike in Royalties From Coal Mines

Federal officials will consider hiking royalty rates by 50 percent on coal extracted from massive strip mines on public lands under a pending overhaul of a U.S. Interior Department program.

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RMEF house
Mark Holyoak
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RMEF Project Opens Land Up to Elk, Sportsman in Madison Valley

Hunters and sportsman have an additional 631 acres at their disposal after the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation removed a 3,000-square-foot home from Madison Valley.

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Coal Trains
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Coal Suspension Affects 30-Plus Mining Projects

Federal officials say at least 30 applications from companies seeking to mine hundreds of millions of tons of coal face suspension as the government reviews sales of the fuel from public lands.

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Seeley Swan
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Sen. Steve Daines, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Rally in Support of LWCF Re-authorization

Sen. Steve Daines rallied other senators on Wednesday in support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which looks at increasing public access on public land. 

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Senator Steve Daines Works to Mitigate the Future of Drought on Montana

Despite more recent weather activity in western Montana, U.S. Senator Steve Daines worked the floor today in Washington to ensure the state be prepared to respond to potential drought conditions and wildfire activity.

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End Fed Addiction
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Stop With the Straw Men: Nobody’s ‘Seizing’ Federal Lands

The following piece was written and submitted by Carl Graham, Director of the Sutherland Coalition for Self-Government in the West:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win...

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Montana
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Negative Impacts of Federal Land Management Practices Revealed in Montana Survey

During the 2013-2014 session of the Montana State Legislature, a joint resolution  (S.J. 15) passed, setting up a bipartisan committee to study how well public land was being managed by the federal government in the state of Montana.

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