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USFS seeks language for Tongass land swap to preserve old growth

February 24, 2013

The Forest Service today said it is hopeful that language could be added to an Alaska senator's bill to convey lands in the Tongass National Forest that would preserve old-growth trees and support the agency's transition to harvesting second growth.

The Forest Service said Sen. Lisa...

Comments sought on additional thinning in Bitterroot NF

February 24, 2013

By early summer, the forest thinning around Lake Como’s campgrounds, boat launches and horse camps is expected to be completed.

Bitterroot National Forest officials hope that work will give the remaining trees a fighting chance of surviving an onslaught from mountain pine beetles. Now the...

EPA explains why it didn't tighten acid-rain standards

February 24, 2013

Responding to a challenge from environmental groups, U.S. EPA yesterday defended its decision to not set a more stringent air standard for pollutants that contribute to acid rain.

EPA last April opted not to tighten its secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for nitrogen oxides...

Montana county objects to USFS water rights claim

February 22, 2013

The Ravalli County commissioners will object to a U.S. Forest Service proposal to acquire in-stream water rights on two streams.

The commission voted unanimously Wednesday to challenge the agency’s move to obtain water rights on Blodgett and Laird creeks following a two-hour meeting....

National park advocates pressing Congress to prevent deep budget cuts

February 20, 2013

Advocates for the vast numbers of visitors to America’s national parks are pressuring Congress to prevent deep automatic spending cuts that would result in reduced hours and services across the country, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Yellowstone.

Few corners of the federal government...

Land, Water Conservation Fund bill reintroduced

February 18, 2013

After losing a close effort at the end of last year, U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, both Montana Democrats, have again offered a bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The program draws money from offshore oil and gas royalties for projects benefiting fish,...

Montana tribes partner on biofuel research

February 15, 2013

The small town of Pablo near the base of the Mission Mountains has long been considered a harbinger of land stewardship. As the governmental seat of the Flathead Indian Reservation, the tribal community has harnessed its vast natural resources for a long-standing timber industry while preserving...

Colorado prepares for fire season

February 14, 2013

Red tape is tangling efforts for replacement Forest Service air tankers, Sen. Mark Udall said. “The tankers are tied up in red tape and may not be ready for this summer's fire season,” Udall told a group of local firefighters and police.

The Forest Service's entire fleet now is comprised...

Agency to merge 2 Idaho forests

February 14, 2013

The Forest Service will consolidate management of the Nez Perce and Clearwater national forests in Idaho into one administrative office, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said this week.

The merger could save up to $2 million, since it will combine administrative positions and end...

Ski area report card dings four Colorado resorts over expansion plans

February 13, 2013

Ski-area expansions in Colorado and other Western states may please skiers, but they rile environmentalists.

The annual Ski Area Environmental Scorecard — prepared by an environmental coalition including Denver's Rocky Mountain Wild — found nearly a third of Western ski areas surveyed in...

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