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BLM approves mine expansion in Colo. roadless area

January 3, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management last week approved the expansion of Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk underground coal mine in what is expected to become a test of the new Colorado roadless rule.

After months of review and appeals by environmentalists, BLM issued a record of decision (ROD) adding...

Conservation groups call to create wolf buffer zone around Yellowstone

December 21, 2012

A conservation group is calling on state and federal officials to create no-shooting zones around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks to reduce the killing of wolves.

WildEarth Guardians and other conservation groups have filed lawsuits challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

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...

Judge rules against Forest Service in ski resort suit

December 21, 2012

The U.S. Forest Service violated federal procedural rules when it revamped 2011 and 2012 permit regulations involving water rights, a U.S. district court judge ruled.

The agency neglected to investigate economic impact and infringed on ski-area rights, Judge William Martinez said.

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FWS mulls status review for Idaho's caribou population

December 20, 2012

The woodland caribou population living in Idaho will undergo a 12-month status review evaluating its spot on the federal endangered species list.

The move comes after Bonner County, Idaho, and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association submitted a petition to the Fish and Wildlife Service to...

Departing Glacier NP superintendent says parks need more diversity

December 18, 2012

National parks must do a better job of attracting more minority visitors and employees or else risk becoming irrelevant in the future, the retiring superintendent of Glacier National Park said.

More diversity among park visitors and National Park Service workers will better ensure the...

Critics vocalize opposition to Wyoming-Idaho forest merger

December 18, 2012

A proposal to save $1 million a year by combining the neighboring Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee national forests is receiving vocal opposition. The possible merger could eliminate one supervisor and forest headquarters, potentially saving operation costs.

The new forest would be the...

Nature hike could unlock your imagination

December 17, 2012

Want to be more creative? Drop that iPad and head to the great outdoors.

That's the word from David Strayer, a cognitive neuroscientist who studies multitasking at the University of Utah. He knew that every time he went into the southern Utah desert, far from cellular service, he started...

National parks facing deep cuts without deficit reduction deal

December 17, 2012

National park service leaders are scrambling to find at least an 8 percent cut in spending should Congress fail to reach a decision on the so-called fiscal cliff. Colorado, home to 17 national park service properties that draw 5.8 million visitors a year and support 6,300 jobs, could see cuts...

Montana businessman an 'enigma' on energy, conservation

December 17, 2012

Although he proposed to his wife on a mountaintop and claims to have hiked more wilderness than any other elected official, Montana's Rep.-elect Steve Daines (R) remains a riddle on some of the Treasure State's most vexing natural resource issues.

The Bozeman, Mont., businessman and...

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