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Expedited forest plan calls for more thinning, flexibility in NE Wyoming

December 19, 2012

Black Hills National Forest officials will rely on streamlined regulations and extensive commercial tree thinning in a new attack plan against the mountain pine beetle aimed at protecting vulnerable areas before the bugs hit.

Forest Supervisor Craig Bobzien said the Mountain Pine Beetle...

Senate Dems seek $653M in disaster package for Forest Service in 2013

December 19, 2012

Senate Democrats yesterday introduced an amendment to a hurricane relief bill that would restore $653 million in funding for the Forest Service's wildfire management fund to prepare for what sponsors warn could be another severe season in the West.

The amendment by Sens. Mark Udall of...

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...

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...

Senate disaster relief would help Colo. restore wildfire-damaged watersheds

December 14, 2012

Colorado Democratic Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet today praised a proposed Superstorm Sandy emergency appropriations bill that includes $125 million for a program that would help communities in Colorado restore watersheds damaged by last summer's devastating wildfires.

The money is...

Colorado county rejects oil, gas drilling in White River NF

December 12, 2012

Pitkin County is urging the U.S. Forest Service to close off the Thompson Divide area of the White River National Forest to future leasing by oil- and gas-drilling companies and to allow existing leases within the county to expire without extension.

The county's input comes in a 29-page...

Federal agencies draft national wildland fire strategy

December 12, 2012

The federal government hopes to answer the wildfire question with a three-year strategy session that’s wrapping up this month. But there’s no guarantee the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy will save an acre of forest. In fact, it might force the nation to decide how much it’s...

2012 likely USA's warmest year on record

December 12, 2012

Unseasonable warmth across the country this week probably has sealed the deal: 2012 will go down as the warmest year in U.S. history.

"We are very certain of this," reports climate center scientist Jake Crouch of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

This year, the...

National Park Service issues call to action

December 12, 2012

As the National Park Service approaches 100 years of service it is seeking input from the public on ways it can protect special places and how it can better engage and educate park uses.

To this end the Park Service held a two-hour public discussion at Centennial Hall Tuesday afternoon....

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