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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to leave cabinet position in March

January 16, 2013

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will step down from his cabinet position in the Obama administration and return to Colorado to spend time with his family, his office has confirmed to The Denver Post.

Salazar is expected to broadly announce his departure Wednesday. He has told President...

Yosemite plan calls for more campsites and parking spaces

January 15, 2013

Yosemite Valley would have more camp sites and parking spaces — and the number of daily visitors would not be reduced — under a National Park Service plan intended to ease congestion in one of the country's most scenic spots.

The proposal is the agency's third attempt to produce a legally...

Foresters have 180,000 piles of trees to burn in Colorado

January 14, 2013

A federal forester flicked a Bic, igniting a first bone-dry pile of culled young pines — testing conditions for the looming task of torching 180,000 similar piles across Colorado.

The continued construction of houses in burn zones is forcing this effort to thin overly dense forests and...

Grand Canyon: Judge allows challenge to mining limits

January 12, 2013

A federal judge in Arizona ruled yesterday to allow challenges to go forward against the Obama administration's ban on new mining claims on roughly 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park.

The ruling comes on the first anniversary of the 20-year withdrawal, meant to limit the...

Appeals court upholds Idaho Roadless Rule

January 9, 2013

A plan governing the development and preservation of 9.3 million acres of roadless federal public land in Idaho has survived another court challenge.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Idaho’s “roadless rule” on Monday, declaring in a brief written...

Kerry mum on Keystone XL ahead of State confirmation

January 9, 2013

Depending on when he formally takes the reins at the State Department, John Kerry may find himself facing an early decision on whether to recommend approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which environmentalists have vociferously opposed on grounds that it would be devastating for...

Climate change could cut Western water runoff by 10%

January 8, 2013

Another climate change study is projecting declines in runoff in many parts of the West, a scenario that would put more pressure on the region’s water supplies.

Using new model simulations, scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory expanded on 2007 research that...

Montana conservation easement protects prime wildlife habitat

December 21, 2012

A conservation project on 28,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat in northwest Montana’s lower Kootenai River valley offers permanent access and protection to tracts of land with high conservation values, while continuing to support recreation and local timber jobs.

The land was sold...

Wyden to tackle forestry issues early in 113th Congress

December 20, 2012

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said forestry issues will be among his top priorities when he becomes chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee next Congress, including bills to accelerate restoration logging in Oregon and other parts of the West.

Wyden, who once described the Beaver...

Climate change already playing out in West, report says

December 20, 2012

A new report says the effects of climate change are already being felt in bug-infested forests of the Intermountain West, in reduced flows of the Colorado River basin and in the amount of snow that falls in the Rocky Mountains.

What is key, the report stresses, is how state and federal...

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