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County lands in feud with Forest Service

March 30, 2011

Montezuma County, Colorado Sheriff Dennis Spruell is waiting for his conscience to tell him: Should he start handing out tickets this week to U.S. Forest Service agents who are closing backcountry roads? Should he cut locks on gates that shut off access to public lands?

The fact that a...

Wildfire danger extreme across eastern Colorado

March 30, 2011

Snowfall Monday helped break a long stretch of dry weather in eastern Colorado, but the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies remain concerned about the risk of wildfires.

Fire conditions are extreme and fire activity is erratic on the east side of the Rockies, including the Denver area...

USFS finds 'let-it-burn' wildfire policy tough to follow in Colorado

March 29, 2011

For years, federal land managers have aimed at letting wildfires burn to boost forest health — and save taxpayers some of the billions the government spends dousing nearly every blaze. But Colorado's growing population and energy industry near forests, combined with surging numbers of wildfires...

Utah groups unimpressed by Forest Service plan

March 27, 2011

The U.S. Forest Service often uses the term “land of many uses” to describe the 193 million acres it manages, including many of Utah’s most scenic alpine areas. The draft of a complex planning rule — the first in 29 years — proposes the first substantial changes in the way the agency plans for...

Missoula audience scrutinizes Forest Service's proposed planning rule

March 24, 2011

It's a little like changing the shape of the strike zone in baseball, or the allowable deductions on your income tax form. A proposed planning rule for all U.S. Forest Service activity is both deeply wonky and game-changing.

The draft rule spreads fine print from page 8,480 to page 8,528...

Colorado county braces for a volatile fire season

March 24, 2011

Boulder County wildland firefighters are bracing for a long and difficult fire season that has started early and furiously, according to officials.

Jay Stalnacker, fire management officer for Boulder County, said Wednesday morning that a 7-acre fire east of Longmont and a raging fire in...

First lawsuit to challenge new wilderness rules filed

March 24, 2011

With the U.S. Department of Interior considering new wilderness protections for potentially millions of acres of public lands, a coalition of Utah counties filed a lawsuit this week accusing federal officials of overreaching their authority and threatening the state’s economy.

The Utah...

Colorado counties uneasy about proposed Forest Service land sale

March 24, 2011

A U.S. Forest Service proposal to sell 81 acres of land in the El Jebel area, including about 52 acres of riparian area along the Roaring Fork River, raised concerns among Pitkin and Eagle county officials on Tuesday.

The counties will explore making an offer to buy the property rather...

USFS sets open houses in Idaho, Montana on management plan

March 21, 2011

The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting Tuesday to explain both the details and intent of the recently proposed draft planning rule.

The draft rule, if put into law, would serve as a national blueprint for how hundreds of individual plans will chart national forest management...

EPA urges USFS to protect groundwater in Bridger-Teton drilling

March 17, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has concerns about whether a draft plan to allow gas drilling iinside Bridger-Teton National Forest would offer enough protection for groundwater.

Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production proposes to drill 137 gas wells from 17 pads...

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