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As Wildfire Season Looms, Firefighters Battle Low Pay and Low Snow

February 20, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Wildland firefighters on their commute to the office
The Wildland Firefighter Paycheck Protection Act could permanently raise federal firefighter salaries. But even if Congress can pass it, the proposed legislation still isn’t a perfect fix. 
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Premiere of the Queen

February 15, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

As a 25-year-old mother in 2020, Grizzly 399 emerged from hibernation with four cubs
Grizzly 399 is the most famous bear in the world. The new film, 399: Queen of the Tetons, makes its world premiere at Missoula’s Documentary Film Festival on Feb. 16
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Montana Files Intent to Sue Over Listing Wolverines Under ESA

January 29, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Wolverines were listed as "threatened" last November. Now, Montana plans to sue.
The 15-page letter of intent to sue US Fish and Wildlife Service comes on heels of November 2023 decision to list wolverines as ‘threatened.’
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Call of the Mild

January 23, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Need snow? An unseasonably warm and dry winter thus far has left Greater Yellowstone thirsty
With regional snowpack at record lows and average temperatures well above normal, how are local wildlife coping with the unusual winter?
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50 Years: How the Endangered Species Act Influenced Greater Yellowstone

January 2, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Bald eagles were finally listed under the ESA in 1978
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, Mountain Journal looks at the landmark legislation’s impact on some of Greater Yellowstone’s keystone species.
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Guardrails on Growth in Paradise

December 18, 2023 // NEWS: Dispatch

The Absaroka range rises in the distance above Livingston, Montana
As land-use conflicts near a tipping point in Paradise Valley and surrounding locales, Park County Commissioners vote to update the county's Growth Policy
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The 'Unprecedented' Decline of a Wyoming Pronghorn Herd

December 15, 2023 // NEWS: Dispatch

Heavy snows, coupled with a lethal bacteria rare to Wyoming, hit the state's Sublette pronghorn herd hard last winter
A brutal winter and rare respiratory bacteria killed thousands of pronghorn on one of the nation's longest migration routes. Now what?
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After 20 Years of Lawsuits, Wolverine Listed as Threatened

December 7, 2023 // NEWS: Dispatch

Wolverines face numerous challenges, including a warming climate and an increasing human footprint
Wolverines face numerous threats and only 300 exist in the Lower 48. Now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed them under the Endangered Species Act, wolverine supporters are finally notching a win.
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Breeding Pair of Eastern Owl Species Spotted for First Time in Grand Teton

November 30, 2023 // NEWS: Dispatch

The barred owl is common in most states east of the Mississippi River. In Wyoming? Not so much.
The first breeding pair of barred owls recorded in the park or Wyoming has experts concerned over potential ecosystem effects.
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The Evaporation of Water in the West

November 28, 2023 // NEWS: Dispatch

Hyalite Reservoir south of Bozeman, Montana, is one of three water sources that supply the rapidly growing city
Bozeman is growing at breakneck speed. As its population ripples outward, the city looks to combat supply and demand challenges with a new water conservation plan, the first of its kind in Montana.
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With CWD finally confirmed in Yellowstone National Park, Predators Could be Yellowstone's Salvation

November 20, 2023 // NEWS: Dispatch

A mule deer found near Yellowstone Lake is the first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease ever in Yellowstone National Park
Experts say first-ever CWD case in park was ‘only a matter of time,’ call for Wyoming to eliminate elk feedgrounds
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A Piece of the Conservation Puzzle

November 7, 2023 // NEWS: Dispatch

The Alaska Basin addition to the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Montana's Centennial Valley
Missouri Headwaters Conservation Area could provide an additional tool for private landowners and protect 250,000 acres from subdivision and sprawl.
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Bridging the Divide: How to decrease wildlife-vehicle collisions

October 26, 2023 // NEWS: Dispatch

Elk in Gallatin Gateway and across Greater Yellowstone are contending now more than ever with increased traffic
More than 1 million vehicles use US Highway 191 to enter Yellowstone. With a quarter of all crashes involving wildlife, what's to be done? A new traffic and wildlife corridor study hopes to shed some light on solutions.
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Mapping Our Values

October 20, 2023 // NEWS: Dispatch

Gallatin County is the fastest growing county in Montana by more than 20 percent over the next fastest growing county
With 122,000 residents, Gallatin County is the fastest growing county in Montana. A working group recently unveiled its Sensitive Lands Protection Plan aiming to guide county growth.
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