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Colo. roadless rule affirms disputed Bush-era oil and gas leases

May 9, 2012

A plan to ban most road building and logging across roughly 4.2 million acres of Colorado forests could allow tree cutting and temporary roads on thousands of acres of oil and gas leases sold under the George W. Bush administration, conservationists warn.

While the Colorado roadless rule...

Colorado Roadless Rule gets mixed reviews

May 6, 2012

A plan to manage some of Colorado’s most prized national forest lands is being billed as a national model for how states and the federal government can work together even amid the rancorous political climate.

Reaction from the environmental community was less enthusiastic. While...

Federal protection sought for rare western woodpecker

May 6, 2012

Smokey Bear has done such a good job stamping out forest fires the past half-century that a woodpecker that's survived for millions of years by eating beetle larvae in burned trees is in danger of going extinct in parts of the West, according to conservationists seeking U.S. protection for the...

Colo. roadless rule expands some protections but exempts mines, ski resorts

May 3, 2012

A final plan to preserve some 4.2 million acres of roadless forests in Colorado would more than double the amount of lands slated for top-tier protections but would still allow limited roads to accommodate coal mines, ski resorts and community wildfire protection.

Obama administration...

USFWS asks the public to weigh in on barred vs. spotted owls

May 3, 2012

Invasive barred owls are thriving while native spotted owl populations are slowly disappearing in Oregon.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning a series of experiments that will kill and remove some barred owls in study areas in the northwest. But federal biologists have...

Udall urges Obama to finalize Colo. roadless rule

April 30, 2012

Colorado's senior senator today asked President Obama to expedite his approval of a plan to ban most logging and road building across 4.2 million acres of national forest in his state.

Sen. Mark Udall (D) in a letter to the president said the state's proposed roadless rule is a "fair"...

Rocky Mountain Front bill supporters wonder where Rehberg's been

April 26, 2012

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., said this week that the public listening session held Saturday in Choteau was the beginning of dialogue that needs to happen regarding the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, not the end.

Supporters of the bill, many who have hashed out the...

Views split on Rocky Mountain Front Act

April 23, 2012

U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg held a listening session on the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act Saturday in Choteau, citing his suspicion that support for the act may not be as widespread as some of the bill's supporters claim.

Under the act, 307,000 acres of currently roadless land would be...

Land managers act to protect whitebark pine

April 19, 2012

Federal land managers across the Greater Yellowstone Area signed a joint agreement Tuesday to explore ways of protecting and restoring whitebark pine across the Yellowstone ecosystem.

Calling whitebark pine a critical component of high-elevation ecosystems, members of the Greater...

TransCanada pitches new Keystone XL route

April 19, 2012

The process to select a new route for TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Alberta-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline project around ecologically sensitive lands in Nebraska is underway.

The Calgary company submitted a report including a preferred corridor and a number of potential routes for the oil...

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