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Colorado coalition raises $2.5 million to protect Thompson Divide Area from drilling

February 26, 2012

A coalition of ranchers, environmentalists and local governments Wednesday said it had proposed a $2.5 million settlement to companies that own undeveloped natural-gas leases in a section of the White River and Gunnison National Forests known as the Thompson Divide Area.

The coalition,...

USFS says efficiency, legal defense will speed forest work

February 26, 2012

Speeding up the pace of work on national forests should mean more wood for Montana sawmills – but it won’t mean more money for the agency, U.S. Forest Service officials said on Thursday.

That’s going to happen through a combination of more efficient project planning and better legal...

Idaho senator, USFS chief pitch collaboration, rather than selling forest lands

February 22, 2012

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell offered an alternative to selling off public land or transferring management to states as three Republican presidential candidates proposed in Boise last week.

The Forest Service, which manages 20 million acres in Idaho, has just proposed new planning...

Study tracks economic effect of Wyoming wildlife trust

January 8, 2012

Habitat restoration projects funded by an independent state agency have created more than 500 jobs a year and about $21 million in worker income in the state since 2006, according to an economic analysis.

The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust was created in 2005 by the...

Groups help Montana ranchers live with wolves

November 9, 2011

The dynamic between ranchers and conservationists has begun to change, and a fourth-generation rancher, Dean B. Peterson, is surprised to find himself acting as a grudging mediator.

The turning point came early this year as lawmakers from some Western states were demanding that the...

Interior Dept. report lists 101 'priority' conservation projects

November 7, 2011

An Interior Department report released Thursday identifies 101 high-priority conservation projects across the nation as part of President Barack Obama’s initiative to protect public lands, but it says most will have to find funding somewhere besides the U.S. government.

The report...

Clean energy, land protections will reduce deficit, wilderness group says

October 19, 2011

Targeted investments in renewable energy, forest restoration and public lands protections will create jobs that will help fill federal coffers, the Wilderness Society told Congress' deficit reduction panel yesterday.

In a report to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the...

BLM, USFS team up on biomass project in Utah

October 15, 2011

Putting wood chips to work could be the West’s best hope at saving its forests.

Right now, there are too few profits to persuade the too few loggers to prune trees from tens of millions of sickly acres, government foresters believe. But turning overabundant trees into heat and electricity...

Federal court decision puts BLM plans in 6 Western states in question

October 3, 2011

A federal judge in Idaho this week ruled the Interior Department failed to analyze the cumulative impacts of oil and gas development on sage grouse in southwest Wyoming and failed to include enough data or alternatives for grazing in an Idaho national monument.

The ruling was deemed a...

Salazar seeks balance between conservation, energy work

October 3, 2011

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar swooped through Western hot spots this week trying to forge compromises as a century-old struggle intensifies over protecting pristine public lands versus leaving them open to development.

Pressure to drill for oil and gas is mounting. A surge of proposals...

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