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Yellowstone gets real about budget cuts

March 12, 2013

The giant yellow snowplows that wake Yellowstone from its winter slumber every March are idled, waiting for the sun to make up for federal budget cuts that are forcing the park to open late for peak season.

Mandatory cuts kicked in three days before the plows were to start clearing snow...

Utah legislature advances sage-grouse resolution

March 12, 2013

With some grousing about federal management of endangered species, lawmakers finalized a resolution urging federal officials not to designate any private land in San Juan County as protected habitat for the Gunnison sage grouse.

The Senate voted 20-2 to pass HCR7, and sent it to Gov. Gary...

EPA seeks reviewers for water study seen as key to regulatory scheme

March 12, 2013

A new front in the high-stakes battle over which swamps, streams and other water resources should be regulated under the Clean Water Act opened up today, as U.S. EPA took a key step toward finalizing a scientific study examining how such water resources are connected.

In today's Federal...

Endangered or not, but at least no longer waiting

March 7, 2013

Under a 2011 settlement of two lawsuits by conservation activists, the wildlife service has pledged to decide the fates of all the backlogged species by 2018. A schedule issued by the service on Feb. 8 promised to decide by September whether to add 97 species to the endangered list, including 70...

Poll shows broad support for maintaining, boosting ESA

March 7, 2013

Nearly two-thirds of Americans think Congress should strengthen the Endangered Species Act or leave it alone, according to a new poll conducted by an environmental group.

The Center for Biological Diversity, which frequently sues the government to press for more stringent protections of...

USFS sees growing role for public-private partnerships in watershed protection

March 6, 2013

The Washington County, Ore., water utility had a problem. Water being returned to the river from its two treatment plants on the Tualatin River was violating federal temperature standards, potentially harming salmon.

Clean Water Services faced a choice on how it could avoid big fines:...

Ranchers and recreators unite against gas drilling in Thompson Divide

March 5, 2013

From the CEO of Patagonia Inc. to a student at Colorado Rocky Mountain School and from ranchers to a bike-shop owner, hundreds of Carbondale-area residents spoke in a unified voice Wednesday night against gas drilling in Thompson Divide.

The crowd spilled out of Carbondale Town Hall for a...

Appeals court backs ESA listing of polar bears

March 5, 2013

A federal appeals court panel today ruled for the Fish and Wildlife Service in a challenge to its 2008 decision to list polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a June 2011 lower court ruling that...

BLM releases new management plan for Owyhee Wilderness Areas

March 4, 2013

The public is invited to review and comment on a draft management plan on several public wilderness and scenic river areas in Owyhee County.

The new plan will be used to address the six wilderness areas and 16 wild and scenic river segments for the next 10 years, according to a news...

Investment co. restores, sells large Western ranches

February 28, 2013

Beartooth Capital is selling feel-good investment opportunities with a sporting, environmental bent.

Beartooth Capital buys ranches, improves the properties in a variety of ways. then sells them. Investors share in the profits from the sales and other ventures the company conducts while...

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