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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...

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...

Death Valley's clear night sky earns international recognition

February 24, 2013

Death Valley National Park's famously dark night skies have placed it on an astronomy organization's short list of places free of light pollution.

The International Dark-Sky Association has certified the California park as an International Dark Sky Park, the third U.S. tract to make the...

Comments sought on additional thinning in Bitterroot NF

February 24, 2013

By early summer, the forest thinning around Lake Como’s campgrounds, boat launches and horse camps is expected to be completed.

Bitterroot National Forest officials hope that work will give the remaining trees a fighting chance of surviving an onslaught from mountain pine beetles. Now the...

Access to iconic parks at risk as NPS girds for cuts

February 22, 2013

The National Park Service would be forced to delay the opening of roads into iconic national parks including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Yosemite by as much as a month if Congress fails to avert $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts, according to new information obtained by a Park...

National park visitation neared 283 million in 2012

February 21, 2013

Despite a sour economy and expensive gasoline, nearly 283 million visitors traveled to the National Park System in 2012, an increase of nearly 4 million from 2011 and the highest level of visitation since 2009.

Remove 2009 -- when visitation reached 285.6 million -- from the list and the...

National park advocates pressing Congress to prevent deep budget cuts

February 20, 2013

Advocates for the vast numbers of visitors to America’s national parks are pressuring Congress to prevent deep automatic spending cuts that would result in reduced hours and services across the country, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Yellowstone.

Few corners of the federal government...

USFS mulls weighted lottery for permits on 4 Idaho rivers

February 18, 2013

Last year, 983 people applied for a permit to float the Middle Fork Salmon River in central Idaho on July 10, even though only four permits were available.

If you’ve ever felt the frustration of coming up short time and time again after applying for a coveted river rafting permit, you...

Montana gov. signs law expanding wolf hunt

February 18, 2013

A wolf management bill that won overwhelming support in the Montana Legislature was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Steve Bullock.

Bullock said House Bill 73, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Flynn, R-Townsend, will allow hunters to purchase up to three wolf licenses and lowers the price of a...

Land, Water Conservation Fund bill reintroduced

February 18, 2013

After losing a close effort at the end of last year, U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, both Montana Democrats, have again offered a bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The program draws money from offshore oil and gas royalties for projects benefiting fish,...

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