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Clint and Wally McRae - Ranchers whose land would be crossed by the Tongue River Railroad

Cows and trains don’t mix: Ranchers stand up against the Tongue River Railroad in second public hearing

11/14/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Yesterday, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) staff members moved down the valley to hold public scoping hearings in Forsyth, MT after meeting with the Northern Cheyenne in Lame Deer on Monday. They met a similar level of opposition to the railroad as …

Northern Cheyenne Tipi

Northern Cheyenne raise concerns about the Tongue River Railroad in first public hearing

11/13/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Yesterday, braving Montana’s icy roads and freezing temperatures, over 50 Northern Cheyenne tribal members from the small community of Lame Deer gathered to tell representatives of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) of their concerns about the Tongue River Railroad, a proposed …

Bull Elk

The Tongue River Railroad Tries Again: The Little Engine That Couldn’t, Part 1

11/8/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

For my entire life, the Tongue River Railroad Company has been trying – and failing – to build a single purpose rail line to haul coal along the scenic Tongue River in southeastern Montana. Earlier this year, their permit to …

A female Townsend's big-eared bat, Corynorhinus townsendii.

13 Halloween Wildlife Myths – Debunked!

11/1/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

While you were out appreciating costumes and nighttime wildlife you may have wondered: Can owls turn their heads all the way around? Was that a bat I saw? Is the daddy-longlegs venom fatal to us? Find out the answers to …

Otter Creek Valley photo

Arch Coal’s Otter Creek Mine Permit Application called “Deficient”

10/30/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

In what could be the largest understatement of the year coming from a Montana state agency, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) declared Arch Coal’s permit application to mine in the Otter Creek valley “deficient.” Quick background On March 8, 2010, …

Yakima River

Engaging with local communities has big salmon and water conservation payoffs

10/26/2012 // By John Kostyack

NWF’s Yakima River salmon and ecosystem project shows how engagement with local communities pays off.

Orcas

Washington Activist Gives Orcas a Voice

10/18/2012 // By Robyn Carmichael

What would orcas say about proposals to ship up to 150 million tons of coal per year on trains running along the Columbia River and Puget Sound through sensitive habitat? That’s the question that Washington activist Richard Bergner so creatively …

Pallid Sturgeon

Will a Coal Train Kill the Last Dinosaur?

10/12/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

On Wednesday, those of us who are working to protect the wildlife in southeastern Montana were surprised to learn that the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Commission was planning to vote on an easement agreement that FWP staff attorneys had negotiated with …

Wind energy is just one of many alternative and renewable energies available to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

Stand Up and Fight! Five Good Reasons Why Coal Export is a National Issue

10/2/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

It’s time to tackle coal export nationwide! While the first battles are being fought in the West, coal export is a national issue worth paying attention to. Here are five reasons why. 1. If not the West, coal companies will …

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is pushing for a new approach to restoring salmon to Northwestern rivers and streams. Photo by U.S. FWS.

A New Path Forward for Salmon in the Columbia River Basin

10/2/2012 // By Dan Siemann

The wild salmon and steelhead of the Columbia and Snake Rivers are truly one-of-a-kind. Many of these fish travel farther inland and higher in elevation than any salmon in the world, returning to some of the best-protected salmon habitat on …

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