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Feds spend $236M to help landowners protect grouse

April 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government paid $236 million to landowners in 11 states to preserve sage grouse habitat amid a debate over whether the bird should be listed as an endangered species — potentially hindering energy development and r…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Commission expects drop in South Dakota deer tags

April 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Nora Hertel

PIERRE (AP) — The number of South Dakota deer hunting licenses is expected to drop substantially this year due to habitat loss and a disease that thrives in dry weather, said Game, Fish and Parks Commission Chairman John Cooper….continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Missouri River Institute symposium: As cottonwoods fall, birds fly away

April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

VERMILLION — The next 100 years for birds along the Missouri River will likely be much different from what birdwatchers along the river have traditionally seen, thanks to the change in the cottonwood forests along the river.

Those are the researc…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Missouri River Institute symposium: As cottonwoods fall, birds fly away

April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

VERMILLION — The next 100 years for birds along the Missouri River will likely be much different from what birdwatchers along the river have traditionally seen, thanks to the change in the cottonwood forests along the river.

Those are the researc…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Conservationists claim victory on new farm bill

April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Steve Karnowski

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory for conservation practices in the new farm bill, where two of their top priorities made it into law.

Farmers will be required to use good conservat…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

New spider named for Pierre area

February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE (AP) — A tiny spider found on the Fort Pierre National Grassland has been named after the area in central South Dakota.

The Capital Journal reports Theridion pierre is its official name.

Arachnologist Brian Patrick from Dakota Wesley…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

New spider named for Pierre area

February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE (AP) — A tiny spider found on the Fort Pierre National Grassland has been named after the area in central South Dakota.

The Capital Journal reports Theridion pierre is its official name.

Arachnologist Brian Patrick from Dakota Wesley…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

OUR VIEW: Work group needs more pheasant belt representatives

January 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has announced the people who will serve on his Pheasant Habitat Work Group, and 13 South Dakotans will tackle this hot-button issue beginning in February.

It’s a good first step, and it shows that the process is moving forw…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Feds prepare to boost ferret count across Great Plains

December 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Matthew Brown

BILLINGS, Mont. — Snatched from the brink of extinction more than 30 years ago, black-footed ferrets have struggled to maintain their toehold across the Great Plains as disease and agriculture have taken a heavy toll.

Now a n…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Feds prepare to boost ferret count across Great Plains

December 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Matthew Brown

BILLINGS, Mont. — Snatched from the brink of extinction more than 30 years ago, black-footed ferrets have struggled to maintain their toehold across the Great Plains as disease and agriculture have taken a heavy toll.

Now a n…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com