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Healthy Forest Management Act gets mixed reviews at Colo. meeting

April 5, 2013

La Plata County Commissioners have yet to give their official support to a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton that would give state and county governments more say in the management of certain high-risk areas within U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

The...

Mont. Republican tests waters on conservation

April 5, 2013

Montana's lone congressman, Republican Steve Daines, is showing early signs that he may break from his predecessor, Republican Denny Rehberg, on key conservation bills in the Treasure State.

While Daines, a Bozeman businessman, is yet to take positions on bills to designate new wilderness...

N.M. announces program to put veterans to work as wildland firefighters

April 5, 2013

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) today announced a new state program that will train military veterans as wildland firefighters.

The pilot program will recruit 40 veterans, who will be placed on four fire crews available to fight wildfires across the state. The new program is a...

State Senate to consider Idaho's demand for federal land

April 1, 2013

The full state Senate will consider a measure demanding that the federal government cede millions of acres of public forests, backcountry and rangeland to Idaho, on grounds the state can manage it better.

After House Republicans followed his lead, Rep. Lawerence Denney of Midvale on...

With drought season off to a bad start, scientists forecast another bleak year

April 1, 2013

Drought conditions in more than half of the United States have slipped into a pattern that climatologists say is uncomfortably similar to the most severe droughts in recent U.S. history, including the 1930s Dust Bowl and the widespread 1950s drought.

The 2013 drought season is already off...

USFS signs legacy air tanker contracts to combat wildfires

March 29, 2013

The Forest Service today said it has awarded contracts to two companies for exclusive access to several large air tankers to help it fight wildfires this year.

The eight air tankers, which have been used for years and, in some cases, decades, will join a fleet of hundreds of helicopters...

Beetle-killed forests release less CO2 than previously thought

March 29, 2013

For a while now, scientists have feared that the huge swaths of Western forests killed by pine bark beetles were going to release a massive amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as they decayed.

Now, a new study released in the journal Ecology Letters shows that's not the case....

Subdivision proposed for private plot in Bridger-Teton NF

March 29, 2013

Critics are bashing a proposed 29-home subdivision on 73 acres in the middle of the Bridger-Teton National Forest along the Greys River as fundamentally inconsistent with the landscape.

Developer Dan Schwab has proposed a master plan for the BlindBull Meadows development, 25 miles...

USFS finalizes rule to speed logging decisions

March 29, 2013

The Forest Service today released a final rule designed to accelerate the approval of timber sales, restoration projects and other activities on the agency's 193 million acres of forests and grasslands.

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said the new rule will result in better decisions and...

Obama admin unveils climate adaptation plan for natural resources

March 27, 2013

The Obama administration, along with state and tribal partners, today released a national strategy urging land managers and lawmakers to take steps to adapt to the changing climate -- a document heralded by some green groups as the strongest statement yet from the government about the need to...

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