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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...

Mont. abandons plan to halt wolf hunt outside Yellowstone

January 31, 2013

Montana wildlife officials are abandoning their efforts to halt wolf hunting outside Yellowstone National Park after a recent court ruling.

The ruling would have dragged the issue out until hunting season was almost over.

Officials were concerned that too many wolves wandering...

National park backers in Colo. pull out all stops

January 31, 2013

Supporters of upgrading Colorado National Monument to a national park are marshaling modern techniques to win public support they hope will drive federal legislation.

“These are the steps you take in a representative democracy,” Jamie Lummis said of the effort, which is gathering speed...

Utah anglers, boaters use 1800s law to fight 2010 waterway law

January 31, 2013

In the 1880s and 1890s, the Provo River through the Heber Valley served as a floating highway for timbers and railroad ties logged in the Uinta highlands.

That century-old practice is being cited today in court to argue that Utah boaters, anglers, hunters and others should be allowed...

No new hearing in Utah suit over 77 rescinded energy leases

January 28, 2013

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected a plea to re-examine its decision upholding the withdrawal of dozens of federal oil and gas leases sold during the waning days of the George W. Bush administration.

Two Utah counties and energy developers asked the Denver-based...

Judge allows wildlife groups to challenge Wyo. drilling project

January 21, 2013

A federal administrative judge last week ruled that conservation groups may challenge a Wyoming natural gas drilling project.

The Wyoming Wildlife Federation and National Wildlife Federation paired to challenge the federal Bureau of Land Management's 2011 decision to approve the Catalina...

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...

Bid to remove scenic designation on Merced River stirs controversy

January 15, 2013

Lawmakers from California's San Joaquin Valley are hoping to remove the "wild and scenic river" designation from part of the Merced River.

The change in status could allow officials to enlarge Lake McClure, which is a reservoir along the Merced River. The move would allow the lake to hold...

Inversion index: 7 of the most polluted cities are in Utah

January 15, 2013

Utah residents suffer from an increased amount of short-term particle pollution during the winter. Decreased temperatures and increased atmospheric pressure cause polluted air and smog to gather near the ground.

Three Utah cities rank on the American Lung Association list of top short-...

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