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Westerners say conservation vital to their economy

February 8, 2013

An overwhelming majority of Westerners believe public lands are essential to their state's economy and way of life, according to a public opinion poll released today.

The "State of the Rockies Conservation in the West" poll surveyed 2,400 registered voters in Colorado, Arizona, Montana,...

New threat emerging for area forests

February 8, 2013

A survey by the state and federal forest services show that the mountain-pine-beetle epidemic slowed in Colorado in 2012 but the spruce-beetle infestation is expanding. That has implications for the Roaring Fork Valley, according to experts.

The high-elevation forests of the Roaring Fork...

Obama chooses Interior Dept. head

February 6, 2013

President Obama has selected Sally Jewell, the chief executive of Recreational Equipment Inc., to lead the Interior Department, White House officials said Wednesday.

If confirmed, Ms. Jewell, a former oil company official and longtime advocate for conservation and outdoor recreation,...

Wyoming tourism grew in 2012

February 5, 2013

The tourism sector of Wyoming’s economy posted a banner year in 2012, with travel spending and tax revenues generated by that spending surpassing previous records, according to report prepared for the state tourism office.

Travel spending totaled $3.1 billion in 2012, eclipsing the...

NPS memo details steep cuts, possible closures under sequester

February 4, 2013

The National Park Service would have to furlough employees, shorten its visiting seasons and possibly close some park units this year if lawmakers fail to reach a "sequestration" deal by the beginning of March, according to an agency memo.

The Jan. 25 memo obtained by the Coalition of...

Colo. moves to better protect property, watersheds from blazes

February 4, 2013

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed three executive orders late yesterday designed to help state firefighters and forest officials avoid a repeat of last summer's devastating wildfires that scorched thousands of acres and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Hickenlooper's executive orders...

Climate gets center stage in inaugural speech

January 22, 2013

President Obama made addressing climate change the most prominent policy vow of his second Inaugural Address, setting in motion what Democrats say will be a deliberately paced but aggressive campaign built around the use of his executive powers to sidestep Congressional opposition.

“We...

USFS plans to move ahead with Mont. logging project

January 22, 2013

More than a year after conservation groups filed a lawsuit over a logging project in Montana, the U.S. Forest Service said it has answered a judge's questions and is free to continue with the project.

The 2,038-acre Colt Summit Project is in Lolo National Forest, about 10 miles north of...

4,167 Colo. wildfires caused record losses of $538m in 2012

January 21, 2013

It is official: the state's 2012 wildfire season was a doozy, with record insured losses, and the evacuation of 32,000 residents in the northwestern quadrant of Colorado Springs where 347 homes were destroyed in the Waldo Canyon Fire, the largest number in state history.

"Colorado fire...

Enviros sue FWS over whitebark pine protections

January 18, 2013

The whitebark pine, a tree that produces protein-rich seeds that grizzly bears and other animals feed on, is disappearing from the northern Rocky Mountains. Two Montana groups, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the WildWest Institute, are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and accusing...

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