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USFS add bigger, faster planes to wildfire fleet

May 8, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service announced that heading into wildfire season it has selected contractors to provide seven air tankers that fly faster and drop a larger volume of fire retardant than other planes in its firefighting fleet.

The agency will spend nearly $160 million over five years...

Bipartisan bill would help preserve watershed in Colo. national forest

April 29, 2013

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) are joining forces on a bipartisan effort to help protect a pristine watershed inside the San Juan National Forest.

Bennet yesterday introduced the "Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act of 2013," S. 841, which would designate...

Yellowstone wildfire plans aim for more flexibility

April 29, 2013

Park are getting new guidelines that rely more on experience and judgment and less on set rules.

With recent approval from the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service, the rewrite will allow firefighters to adopt an approach that emphasizes flexibility.

The OK from Park...

South Platte snowpack reaches 95 percent of normal

April 26, 2013

Although the string of heavy April snowstorms put a damper on some spring plans, it also extended the Colorado ski season, delayed the snowmelt and provided a reprieve from wildfire worries.

The snowpack in the South Platte River basin -- a major water supplier for the Front Range -- is...

Colo. senator's bill seeks to treat damaged forests

April 24, 2013

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has introduced a bill that would tackle insect and disease epidemics on National Forest lands nationwide.

The National Forest Insect and Disease Treatment Act would instruct the U.S. Forest Service to treat National Forests that are infected by beetle damage or...

Colo. senator's bill seeks to treat damaged forests

April 24, 2013

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has introduced a bill that would tackle insect and disease epidemics on National Forest lands nationwide.

The National Forest Insect and Disease Treatment Act would instruct the U.S. Forest Service to treat National Forests that are infected by beetle damage or...

Colorado firefighting tanker fleet OK with feds

April 24, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service supports a Colorado state Senate bill that would allow Colorado to buy its own firefighting air-tanker fleet, an agency spokeswoman said.

State senators, worried about another bad wildfire season and a diminished federal air-tanker fleet, advanced a bill last week...

USFS buys more land to add to Lewis and Clark NF

April 19, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service, partnering with not-for-profit organizations, has purchased an additional 2,360 acres of land in the Tenderfoot Creek drainage northwest of White Sulphur Springs in an ongoing effort to protect wildlife habitat and ensure public access.

The Forest Service has...

'There's a growing disconnect between people and nature', says Jewell

April 19, 2013

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell last night said she's looking forward to introducing more Americans to the national parks, warning that there is a "growing disconnect" between people and nature.

Jewell spoke to hundreds of people at the National Parks Conservation Association's annual...

Conservation groups oppose another round of Wyoming Range leases

April 19, 2013

Wyoming and out-of-state citizens and conservation groups rallied to buy out a series of oil and gas leases in the Wyoming Range late last year, but the fight to stop oil and gas exploration in the area is far from over.

The U.S. Forest Service could this fall release an environmental...

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