Montana Heritage Center renovation will celebrate the states history and geology


A multimillion dollar expansion and renovation project is underway in Helena, Montana for the Montana Historical Society. Inside, the building will preserve the stories of Montana’s people as a repository for historic collections and resources.

Nature Photo of the Week: Montana Storm

Cool Green Science

Nature Photo of the Week Photography The Nature Conservancy Uncategorized lighting montana Photo of the Week storm Being able to capture the speed and electricity of a lightning bolt never gets old, in terms of photographic imagery. This shocking image by Flickr photographer jean slavin photography is stunning. It’s as though the clouds gathered in that spot just to produce this beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing your image through The Nature Conservancy’s Flickr group , Jean!


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What Montana’s Tongue River Railroad Means for Coal Export

Sightline Daily

A new railroad proposed in Montana offers a sneak preview of what’s to come for the Northwest coal export debate. The little-known Tongue River Railroad project would, if approved, build a new line through eastern Montana’s rangeland to allow development of a new export mine for Arch Coal. Snaking Coal by Aaron Hockley used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The news is troubling.

Craft beer waste saves Montana town $1M for wastewater treatment


A Montana town has found a money-saving solution to its sewage and wastewater treatment expenses, thanks to a nearby craft brewery. Havre, Montana has a population of 10,000. Craft beer waste saves Montana town $1M for wastewater treatment.

Montana and Minnesota: Coal vs. Clean Energy

Sierra Club Compass

This week's coal vs. clean energy examples come from Montana and Minnesota. Having once lived in Montana myself, I can't imagine wanting to ruin such a beautiful big sky with coal pollution -- but that's just what the Colstrip coal plant is doing. and this week we joined the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) in legally challenging the owners to clean up the plant. The reality, though, is that Montana can do better than this coal plant.

Montana Food Bank Saves Thousands in 2011 by Composting Food Waste

Green (Living) Review

Montana Food Bank saves money by turning food waste into compost for local gardens. Gardens From Garbage is a Montana-based non-profit whose mission is to educate and guide organizations, neighborhoods and communities in developing a sustainable local food source through composting, gardening and year-round greenhouses. Garden From Garbage is a program run by Sunburst Unlimited, a Montana-based reseller of Effective Microorganisms® products for TeraGanix, Inc.

A quiet cabin and outdoor adventures in Montana’s Seeley-Swan Valley


As Andy Aldeen strides across his Montana land, a can of bear spray stuffed in his back shorts pocket, you’d never guess the Midwestern-born hay farmer had spent 25 years working in finance in Hong Kong and Tokyo. The Seeley-Swan Valley The cabins sit in the Seeley-Swan Valley in northwestern Montana, on the edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and just off of Highway 83. This is known as one of Montana’s most scenic roads and is a popular route to Glacier National Park.

TripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S.

Green Traveler Guides

Boston/Cambridge California Fayetteville Florida Lake Tahoe Las Vegas Lecanto Massachusetts Miami Miles City Montana Napa Nevada Newberg North America North Carolina Oregon Park City Placer The Americas United States Utah 10 best green hotels U.S. The winners span the gamut from budget to ultra-luxury, but all have "Platinum" ranking and great traveler reviews TripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S. is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

UM Studies How Climate Change Could Undermine Biodiversity Conservation Goals

Environmental News Network

In a new study published in the journal Communications, Earth & Environment, University of Montana researchers and colleagues explore how climate change could challenge efforts to protect biodiversity within the network of protected areas around the globe.

Award-winning solar home with spectacular desert views asks $5.35M


The luxury Montana Court home is built largely with natural, modern materials and is topped with solar panels as well as a living roof. 4 Montana Court Listing Images courtesy of The Ivan Sher Group.

Montanans announce recall campaigns against NDAA Supporting Senators Max Baucus and Jonathan Tester

Green (Living) Review

Montana is one of nine states with provisions that say that the right of recall extends to recalling members of its federal congressional delegation, pursuant to Montana Code 2-16-603, on the grounds of physical or mental lack of fitness, incompetence, violation of oath of office, official misconduct, or conviction of certain felony offenses. Montana law requires stated grounds for recall which show conformity to the allowed grounds for recall.

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A Week on the Matador Ranch

Cool Green Science

I have had the pleasure for most of my life to live in Montana , a beautiful, wild and sometimes harsh place. The Matador is located on Montana’s Northern Prairie and is nestled at the foot of the Little Rockies Mountains. Favorite Nature montana ranching Photo: © Jolynn Messerly. B y Jolynn Messerly, Matador Ranch Operations Administrator. Not just in any old city or town though: I’m living smack dab in the middle of my own postcard.

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UM Researchers Find Greenland’s Groundwater Changes With Thinning Ice Sheet

Environmental News Network

For more than a decade, a team of University of Montana researchers and students have studied the dynamics of the Greenland Ice Sheet as it responds to a warming climate. .

Nature Photo of the Week: Stop and Smell the Wildflowers

Cool Green Science

Flickr photographer Taylor McDowell snapped this photo at Shook Mountain, Montana — thanks for sharing your image through The Nature Conservancy’s Flickr group ! Nature Photo of the Week Photography Flickr flower montana mountains Nature Conservancy Flickr nature image nature photography nature picture Photo of the Week shook mountain wildflowers What a picture-perfect view.

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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, April 3

Cool Green Science

Bison aren’t home on the range yet: efforts to restore their populations meet resistance in Montana. ( What goes great with that morning caffeine buzz? The Green Buzz. “Unprecedented” dolphin deaths in the Gulf linked to BP oil spill? Huffington Post ). Giant ocean garbage patches , meet your match. And a teen invented it, to boot!) ( Treehugger ). The Exxon crude oil spill in Arkansas is a big mess — and is reinvigorating the Keystone Pipeline debate.

LEED Platinum Stockman Bank harvests rainwater and solar power in Missoula


In Montana’s historic downtown Missoula, a Stockman Bank branch has recently earned LEED v4 Core and Shell Platinum certification — the second building in the U.S Eco Green Recycle businesses fabric leed v4 platinum masonry missoula montana natural natural dye rainwater harvesting regenerative braking solar panels stockman bank stockman bank missoula

LWCF Funding: A Hidden Gem in the President’s Budget

Cool Green Science

He has recommended protection of the hallowed ground of civil war battlefields, the creation of hiking trails in dozens of states , the conservation of working ranches in Montana and Kansas , of working forests in Mississippi and Maine , and the expansion of National Parks in California and South Carolina.

The Grizzly Truth About Bear Re-population

Eco Friendly Daily

While older estimates indicated about 250-350 grizzlies in the Montana region, the lower end of that scale might now rest at 563-765 bears, a nearly 100% increase. Environment Green News bears California democrats grizzly legislation mccain montana The grizzly bear, a symbol for the classic Americna West and prominent on a number of flags and seals from California to Missouri is finally making a population comeback according to a five-year study by the US Geological Survey.

Natural Asbestos Is a Hazard Too

Green Life Smart Life

The tragedy of Libby, Montana, shows us the worst that can happen where asbestos has been mined and processed. Tagged: Asbestos Hazards, Dr. Harvey Pass, Libby Montana. Tags: Green Asbestos Hazards Dr. Harvey Pass Libby Montana You may associate asbestos with insulation and other industrial uses. But asbestos itself is not man-made. It is a mineral that can be found in rocks and soil.

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MSU-Bozeman Tenure Track Faculty Position Vacancy Announcement

Environmental Economics

I think we've received our first blog ad for an economics position and it looks like a nice one (we've almost paid off our sponsorship of cartoon introduction to climate economics ): The Montana Institute on Ecosystems at Montana State University invites applications for the position of Natural Resource or Environmental Economist.

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"The Harsh Economic Sting of the Beepocalypse"

Environmental Economics

Work done by NC State economist Wally Thurman, Montana State economist Randy Rucker, and Oregon State entomologist Michael Burgett is extremely persuasive that there isn't a problem. Craig Newmark: OMG! What will we do when all the bees die ?    My suggestion: Don't worry. Like other apocalypic environmental disasters we've been warned about, this one, too, is 99.9% bogus.

7 Tribal Programs That Protect Our Winged and Four-Legged Brothers

Green (Living) Review

Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks department reports that wildlife trying to cross busy U.S. Highway 93 in western Montana often resulted in injured and dead deer, bears, bobcats and other creatures. But that was before wildlife passageways through the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana became part of the reconstructed 56-mile stretch.

Open Letter to Secretary Zinke on the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Cool Green Science

In just your home state of Montana for example, the Fund has delivered $52.7 Likewise, millions of LWCF dollars have supported conservation easements on ranchlands throughout Montana and the West, helping sustain rural ways of life. And, of course, since the program’s start, LWCF has enhanced some of Montana’s most iconic national parks and other public lands, providing great outdoor recreation opportunities—including the hunting and fishing that you rightly celebrate.

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Free market environmentalism

Environmental Economics

The privately financed project — now a decade in the making — has ambitions as big as the Montana sky, tapping private fortunes to preserve the country’s open landscapes. An example of: On fields where cattle graze and wheat grows, a group of conservationists and millionaire donors are stitching together their dreams of an American Serengeti.

Seventh Annual Conference and Meeting | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Environmental Economics

Ready, Pennsylvania State University / Montana State University; T. Thursday, March 19, 3:45 – 5:15 Session 4. Non-Market Recreational Welfare Effects of Changes in the Diversity and Abundance of Species. Chair: Trudy Ann Cameron, University of Oregon. Presentations: A Combined Revealed/Stated Preference Model for Projecting the Impact of Aquatic Nuisance Species on Recreational Angling in the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi, and Ohio River Basins, Gregory L.

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How Can the Pronghorn Cross the Fence?

Nature Conservancy - Science

People want to know why they don’t jump,” says University of Montana wildlife biologist Andrew Jakes. Even when they can squeeze under, the barbed wire often scrapes off hide,” says Montana Grasslands Conservation Director Brian Martin. The researchers studied three different modifications on the Matador Ranch in Montana and locations in Alberta. Pronghorn may be the second fastest land mammal on Earth, but a simple fence can stop them in their tracks.

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Using benefit transfer to value an elk hunt

Environmental Economics

and hunting in a "designated elk state" (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Wyoming), then the contingent valuation method can be used without much slippage. [link]. Aren't you supposed to be quiet when you are hunting? If so, why are they yelling? And the third panel is ominous. Mark thinks that there is a wierd relationship between Johnny Walker and the Senator, he is pairing them up and then telling them to take careful aim.

"How Markets Can Help Us Adapt to Climate Change"

Environmental Economics

The good news is they could all move to Montana, creating great wealth Michael Greenstone: We are on course to set another record for the hottest year, the third year in a row, and 2016 may well have the most billion dollar weather disasters. Adaptation to a changing climate looks both necessary and inevitable. Adaptation is most successful when we let markets identify the best opportunities to protect us.

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USA TODAY poll: Slight majority backs Keystone pipeline

Environmental Economics

More men (60%) than women (53%) support the 1,179-mile pipeline extension, which would carry heavy tar sands from Alberta through Montana and South Dakota to Steele City, Neb. These poll results came out before the State Department issued their favorable report : A slight majority of Americans favor the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline that President Obama is expected to approve or reject this year, finds a poll conducted for USA TODAY.

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Severe droughts cause 14% drop in US hydropower generation


Its watershed runs through four states, including Washington , Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Department of Agriculture’s National Water and Climate Center (NWCC) has provided data showing that reservoir storages in Washington and Montana are at or above average. In 2021, electricity production by hydropower plants across the U.S. will reduce by 14% compared to 2020 levels. This is due to the extreme drought conditions affecting western states. The U.S.

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Ohio State is in the Sweet 16 (and no this isn't a sports related post)

Environmental Economics

Montana State University. This morning Enviance, in partnership with GreenBiz Group and Qualtrics , introduced the “Sustainable 16 ,” the country’s top undergraduate environmental studies programs as determined by an expert panel of judges in the Second Annual Environmental March Madness (#EnviroU) tournament.

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Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis 2015 Conference

Environmental Economics

Ready*, Pennsylvania State University / Montana State University; Gregory L. Poe, From the inbox: Dear John,   Can you please help me share the information below on the upcoming SBCA conference through the Environmental Economics blog? Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information. I am also attaching our conference and workshop flyers for your reference.

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Nature Photo of the Week: Spring Evening at Mud Volcano

Cool Green Science

Flickr photographer Jon Taylor Montana captured this image of bison and bears out for an evening stroll. Spring evenings at Yellowstone National Park’s Mud Volcano prove to be a busy time for wildlife! Thank you for sharing your image through The Nature Conservancy’s Flickr group! See all of The Nature Conservancy’s featured daily nature images — submitted to the Conservancy’s Flickr group by people like you — at

Embrace It. Know It. Love it. #livenature

Cool Green Science

A photo posted by The Nature Conservancy (@nature_org) on Oct 14, 2014 at 2:02pm PDT “A tree house, a free house, A secret you and me house…” Shel Silverstein A photo posted by The Nature Conservancy (@nature_org) on Mar 21, 2014 at 9:09am PDT Our Washington and Montana chapters just purchased over 165,000 acres in the Cascade Mountain Range of Washington and the Blackfoot River Valley. Way to go @conserve_wa and Montana!

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I'm sure it's because one of the authors of Env-Econ is at The OSU

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: Seems amazing to me OSU is on this list, but as they say “we’ll take it”.    Just curious: does anyone know who submitted the info that got OSU on the list? More info at: [link]. Note there is an opportunity for us to get into the “Final 8” and the “Final 4”  with an aggressive marketing effort in the next week or so.

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There is no longer an Environmental Economics Advisory Committee at the EPA

Environmental Economics

Montana State University. From the inbox: Dear colleagues, I want to inform you of recent decisions regarding standing committees under the auspices of the Science Advisory Board (SAB).      On the recommendation of the SAB Staff Office, the SAB, unanimously agreed, at our 5/31/18 administrative meeting, to retire three of our current seven standing committees.

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Walking and Talking the Thin Green Line

Sightline Daily

In Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, we’re faced with the prospect of becoming a primary gateway for exporting massive fossil fuel deposits—Alberta tar sands, Bakken shale oil, and coal in Wyoming and Montana’s Powder River Basin—to Asian markets. Original Sightline Institute graphic, available under our free use policy.

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Why The Nature Conservancy is Restoring Streams by Acting like a Beaver

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Nature Conservancy is working like a beaver ( Castor canadensis ) by mimicking beaver dam building to restore streams and floodplain habitat in Montana and California. Last year we built twelve instream structures that look and act like beaver dams on two streams in Montana and we plan to build six more in a small creek in Childs Meadow, California this fall.

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North Dakota Finds Itself Unprepared To Handle The Radioactive Burden Of Its Fracking Boom

Green (Living) Review

According to the Wall Street Journal, the closest facilities are hundreds of miles away in states like Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and Montana. North Dakota recently discovered piles of garbage bags containing radioactive waste dumped by oil drillers in abandoned buildings. Now, the state is trying to catch up to an oil industry that produces an estimated 27 tons of radioactive debris from wells daily.

Innovative Neighborhood Farm Adjacent to Housing Complex Increases Food Access and Grows Community

Green (Living) Review

The farm sits against the fence of the Orchard Gardens Apartment Complex on the west side of town in Missoula, Montana. The farm is a partnership between Garden City Harvest—Orchard Garden’s umbrella organization firmly established in Montana’s community and urban agriculture movement—and Homeword , a sustainable housing construction company.

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Video: The Art of Talking Climate Science

Sightline Daily

Related Stories Event: Washington’s Fight Against Coal & Oil Five Things Northwest States Should Know About the Federal Clean Power Plan What Montana’s Tongue River Railroad Means for Coal Export. Communicating science to non-experts in compelling, convincing ways feels more important than ever. But the accepted language of academic reporting as well as the established norms of most scientific fields can set scientists up for trouble.

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Event: Washington’s Fight Against Coal & Oil

Sightline Daily

Related Stories The Thin Green Line Is Stopping Coal and Oil in Their Tracks What Montana’s Tongue River Railroad Means for Coal Export Weekend Reading 8/14/15. Oil trains near a waterfront development site in Bellingham, WA. by Paul K. Anderson (Used with permission.) Join us for a free community forum on the coal and oil industry’s plans to build new dirty energy transport facilities in Washington.

Follow that Grizzly: Understanding Bear Movements in the Northwest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Her home range extended 330 square miles from the heart of the Purcell Mountains in Northwest Montana. Trans-Border region — between southern British Columbia, northern Idaho, Montana and northeastern Washington. Collared grizzly bear number 106 became a local legend of sorts. She did not live in a national park or a vast wilderness area. She made her home in a region interspersed with private and public lands, roadless and roaded areas, where homes were built and people lived.

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